Johnson Controls brings comfort and luxury to the new Volvo S90

PLYMOUTH, Mich., May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — With its Volvo S90 available this summer, the manufacturer of premium automobiles is heralding a new era in design, innovation and Swedish luxury. The new sedan combines handsome natural materials with sophisticated, intuitive technologies that focus on the driver and the design of the interior.

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Volvo worked with Johnson Controls for the vehicles’ seats. The seats use high-quality seat cover material, comfortable upholstery and top-quality workmanship to guarantee luxury and comfort. In addition, Johnson Controls developed and integrated the Volvo S90’s rear seating, including its metal structures.

The Volvo S90 sets a new standard in the luxury-class sedan segment. Following the motto “Scandinavian elegance,” the Swedish automaker has combined the most advanced vehicle technologies with a straightforward design for both the exterior and the interior, for which Volvo worked in close collaboration with Johnson Controls.

“We’re very pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute our many years of experience in seating development and manufacturing to the interior design of the Volvo S90,” said Tony Malila, vice president & general manager, Customer Group Volvo, at Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. “Collaborating closely with the team at Volvo, we designed a seat that optimally utilizes the vehicle’s interior, providing all occupants with plenty of space and comfort. The goal was to make riding in the Volvo S90 feel like driving through the quiet, relaxed calm of the Swedish wilderness. Our task was to create a seating experience that supported that goal. The initial testing of the Volvo S90 by prominent trade media outlets has positively emphasized its seats in particular, which is a great acknowledgement of our collaboration.”

In addition to the seat covers and upholstery for all of the Volvo S90’s seats, Johnson Controls developed the rear seat bench. Johnson Controls was responsible for its entire development process, from designing and supplying the metal structure to integration.

“The Volvo S90 is a very modern automobile. This is reflected in the equal measure of esteem that every occupant enjoys. The seats also had to meet that standard,” said Malila. “The design of the rear seats is closely based on the driver seat, and is in no way inferior in terms of comfort. Since all of the stages of development and integration were in our hands, we were able to create a holistic seating experience, not only through the high quality of the seats, but the optimal use of interior space.”

With the support of Johnson Controls, Volvo has created a comprehensive spatial concept, which in its clear, reduced design is typically Scandinavian. The Volvo S90 has been imbued with luxury through a fusion of premium materials, a passion for detail, exceptional workmanship and, above all, sufficient space.

“In a vehicle’s interior, space is the greatest luxury,” said Malila. “Volvo Cars recognized this and consciously applied it to the Volvo S90. While the front seats offer the highest degree of comfort, they take up relatively little space, primarily due to their extremely slim backrests. This allowed for plenty of legroom for the rear passengers. Our aim in designing and integrating the rear seat bench was to support Volvo’s approach in this area.”

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Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 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 seating components and 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 2016, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #17 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list.  For additional information, please visit

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is a global leader in automotive seating components and systems. The company supports all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through its products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With more than 200 locations worldwide, Johnson Controls is where its customers need it to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of Johnson Controls products, from single components to complete seat systems. With its global capability the company supplies more than 50 million cars per year. Johnson Controls pursues a spin-off of its Automotive Experience business. Following the separation, which is expected to take effect in October 2016, the Automotive Experience business will operate as the independent, publicly traded company Adient. Bruce McDonald will serve as the chairman and CEO of the new company.

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