Visteon Accelerates Electronics Growth with Sourcing By European Automaker on Next-Generation Infotainment Platform Global supplier's electronics business on track to exceed market growth in rapidly expanding infotainment market
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) has been awarded a development and production program for its latest infotainment system by a major European car manufacturer. With production launch targeted for the 2015 model year, this program represents the first market implementation of Visteon's next-generation infotainment platform in this rapidly growing segment.
Visteon's latest infotainment solution is capable of multi-device connectivity to deliver apps and features, stream media, access the Internet and seamlessly integrate both Cloud-based and local content to drivers and passengers via a simple and flexible user interface. The system also enables software updates over the lifetime of the vehicle, further enhancing value to vehicle manufacturers and the end consumer. This will be one of the first automotive implementations of an 'open source' platform and associated applications based on the requirements of GENIVI®, a non-profit alliance committed to driving broad adoption of an in-vehicle infotainment open source development platform.
"This next-generation platform demonstrates Visteon's leadership in setting the course for the industry in vehicle infotainment," said Steve Meszaros, president, Visteon Electronics. "Bringing the cutting-edge technology of the consumer electronics world to the vehicle, this new product fulfills our vision, and that of our customers, to deliver a superior user experience for the driver and passengers."
With its strong foothold in the market, Visteon is well-positioned for above-market annual growth in the audio infotainment segment, which as a whole is projected to grow at an annual rate of more than 12 percent over the next five years.
Visteon provides connected audio and embedded connectivity solutions on more than 5 million vehicles annually for global vehicle manufacturers. Visteon's infotainment range also includes automotive and content partnerships to deliver an industry-leading user experience through improved connectivity, human-machine interaction (HMI) interface and content.
Visteon is a leading global automotive supplier delivering value for vehicle manufacturers and shareholders through a family of businesses including:
- Halla Visteon Climate Control, majority-owned by Visteon and the world's second largest global supplier of automotive climate components and systems.
- Visteon Electronics, a leading supplier of audio/infotainment, driver information, center stack electronics and feature control modules.
- Visteon Interiors, a global provider of vehicle cockpit modules, instrument panels, consoles and door trim modules.
- Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd., a successful China-based partnership between Visteon and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation's automotive components group, Huayu Automotive Systems.
Through this family of enterprises, Visteon designs, engineers and manufactures innovative components and systems for virtually every vehicle manufacturer worldwide, and these businesses generated more than $12 billion in sales in 2011, including unconsolidated operations. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK; Visteon has facilities in 28 countries and employs through its various businesses, including unconsolidated operations, approximately 55,000 people. Learn more at www.visteon.com.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: (1) conditions within the automotive industry, including (i) the automotive vehicle production volumes and schedules of our customers, (ii) the financial condition of our customers and the effects of any restructuring or reorganization plans that may be undertaken by our customers or suppliers, including work stoppages, and (iii) possible disruptions in the supply of commodities to us or our customers due to financial distress, work stoppages, natural disasters or civil unrest; (2) our ability to satisfy future capital and liquidity requirements; including our ability to access the credit and capital markets at the times and in the amounts needed and on terms acceptable to us; our ability to comply with financial and other covenants in our credit agreements; and the continuation of acceptable supplier payment terms; (3) our ability to satisfy pension and other post-employment benefit obligations; (4) our ability to access funds generated by foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures on a timely and cost-effective basis; (5) our ability to execute on our transformational plans and cost-reduction initiatives in the amounts and on the timing contemplated; (6) general economic conditions, including changes in interest rates, currency exchange rates and fuel prices; (7) the timing and expenses related to internal restructurings, employee reductions, acquisitions or dispositions and the effect of pension and other post-employment benefit obligations; (8) increases in raw material and energy costs and our ability to offset or recover these costs, increases in our warranty, product liability and recall costs or the outcome of legal or regulatory proceedings to which we are or may become a party; and (9) those factors identified in our filings with the SEC. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our view only as of the date of this release, and which we assume no obligation to update. New business wins and re-wins do not represent firm orders or firm commitments from customers, but are based on various assumptions, including the timing and duration of product launches, vehicle production levels, customer price reductions and currency exchange rates.
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