Johnson Controls Provides Innovative Components to Enhance the Driving Experience of the New CITROEN DS5

Unique seating, electronics enhance vehicle’s interior

CERGY-PONTOISE, France, Jan. 10, 2012  /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, interiors and electronics, will provide key electronic components to enhance the driving experience of the new CITROEN DS5, including the head-up display, instrument cluster, and seating solutions.

“We are pleased that CITROEN has selected Johnson Controls to be a supplier for this premium vehicle,” said Loick Griselain, vice president and general manager, French OEMs, Electronics, for Johnson Controls Automotive Experience. “The combination of the head-up display and the instrument cluster creates a unique aircraft-like cockpit for the driver.”

The full-color technology of the head-up display projects key driver information from the instrument panel onto a transparent screen located in the driver’s primary field of vision. The ergonomics of the display enables the driver to perceive and process the relevant information, such as speed, traffic sign recognition or turn-by-turn navigation, much faster than standard displays positioned outside the primary field of vision.

This is the fourth application of the head-up display, but the first in color. The head-up display is also featured in the Peugeot 3008, 5008 and 508.

For the CITROEN DS5 instrument cluster, Johnson Controls has developed an elegant combination of analog gauges within a digital cluster built with three displays. High illumination and aesthetic elements of the cluster include: satin chrome rings; “floating” pointer with high illumination quality and homogenous brightness due to an innovative stepper motor as well as the integration of a reconfigurable color display. The cluster also features high-contrast monochrome and color liquid crystal displays which can fade out all displays using a black panel function, and the ability to configure information by the pointer or the display.

In addition to electronics, Johnson Controls supplies the headliner and the complete seating system for the CITROEN DS5. The seats are made with premium leather materials. The design of the seat is inspired by a watchband and is unique to the market. This three-dimensional trim design is produced using a semi-automated process, providing the appearance of a handmade, luxurious seat.

About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 162,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2011, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #1 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience:

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With more than 200 plants worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete interiors. With our global capability we supply more than 30 million cars per year.



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