Johnson Controls unveils its first complete interior for the luxury vehicle market in China at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

Supplier showcases its interior development capabilities with Hongqi (Red Flag) H7 vehicle

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, showcases its complete vehicle interior development capabilities in China – including design, engineering and manufacturing – with the debut of the Hongqi (which means “Red Flag”) H7 vehicle at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

The vehicle is specifically aimed at government officials and luxury vehicle buyers.

The Hongqi H7 was designed and developed by Johnson Controls’ two joint venture plants in Changchun (the Jilin province in China) for China’s well-known, historic Red Flag brand.

“Johnson Controls first China vehicle program is a testament to our unparalleled total interior integration capability around the world,” said Richard Chung, vice president Industrial Design, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. “This F-segment luxury sedan shows the kind of integration that is possible when an automaker, such as Hongqi, brings our company and its expertise in at the ground floor to optimize design, engineering and manufacturing.”

Johnson Controls’ capabilities and content featured in the vehicle include:

Complete seating, instrument panel, door panels, floor console and instrument cluster.

  • Seating design that includes an innovative active head restraint system that uses the entire seatback to cantilever forward.
  • Interior refinement, including class-A surface and craftsmanship.
  • Cluster design, as well as the first human machine interface design that Johnson Controls launched in China.

According to Chung, Johnson Controls, with its expertise in China and world-class design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, is able to help automakers succeed in the country and focus on high-quality craftsmanship, safety and execution.

This is the 19th year that Johnson Controls will be involved in NAIAS as an event sponsor and exhibitor. Its 10,000-square-foot exhibit in room D2-15 of Detroit’s Cobo Center will be open to media and invited guests. A product overview press conference will be held at 6:30 a.m. EST on Monday, January 14.

The NAIAS event – one of the world’s premier automotive exhibitions – opens to the media and industry officials on January. 14.

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About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 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 2012, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #5 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 240 locations 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 approximately 50 million cars per year.

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