Amerigon Climate Control Seat(R) (CCS(R)) System Selected as Option for 2011 Infiniti QX56

Premium, Full-Size SUV Redesigned for 2011

Jun 01, 2010, 06:00 ET from Amerigon Incorporated

NORTHVILLE, Mich., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amerigon Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARGN), a leader in developing and marketing products based on advanced thermoelectric (TE) technologies, announced today that its proprietary Climate Control Seat® (CCS®) system will be offered as an option on the front seats of the all-new 2011 Infiniti QX56, a full-size, luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).  The 2011 Infiniti QX56 has been re-engineered and redesigned to be more powerful with more lavish features, including CCS.  The heated and cooled seat system will be offered on the 2011 Infiniti QX56 in North America and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The United Arab Emirates is a new regional market for Amerigon, said President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel R. Coker.

"Expanding into new regional markets with our seat systems continues to be a goal of Amerigon," said Coker.  "The consumer take rate of CCS in other Infiniti vehicles has been very high and we expect the same will be true in the second generation Infiniti QX56 in both North America and the UAE."

Other Infiniti vehicles that offer CCS include the Infiniti Q45, Infiniti M35/45, Infiniti FX35/50 and the Infiniti G Convertible.

About CCS

In the CCS system, which is built around Amerigon's highly-efficient, solid-state thermoelectric device, air is forced through the heat pump and thermally conditioned in response to electronic switch input from the seat occupant.  The conditioned air circulates by a specially designed fan through ducts in the seat cushion and seat back, resulting in a surface that can be heated or cooled.  Each seat has individual electronic controls to adjust the level of heating or cooling.  CCS substantially improves comfort compared with conventional air conditioners by focusing the cooling directly on the passenger through the seat, rather than waiting until ambient air cools the seat surface behind the passenger.

Amerigon is the largest supplier of TE systems for cars, with nearly 5.7 million thermoelectric-based seat systems sold.

About Amerigon

Amerigon (NASDAQ-GS: ARGN) develops products based on its advanced, proprietary, efficient thermoelectric (TE) technologies for a wide range of global markets and heating and cooling applications. The Company's current principal product is its proprietary Climate Control Seat® (CCS®) system, a solid-state, TE-based system that permits drivers and passengers of vehicles to individually and actively control the heating and cooling of their respective seats to ensure maximum year-round comfort. CCS, which is the only system of its type on the market today, uses no CFCs or other environmentally sensitive coolants. Amerigon maintains sales and technical support centers in Southern California, Detroit, Japan, Germany, England and Korea.  For more information, visit

Certain matters discussed in this release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may be different.  Important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from its expectations in this release are risks that sales may not significantly increase, additional financing, if necessary, may not be available, new competitors may arise and adverse conditions in the automotive industry may negatively affect its results.  The liquidity and trading price of its common stock may be negatively affected by these and other factors.  Please also refer to Amerigon's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, its Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2010, and its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.

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