2011 Kia Sportage to Feature Heated and Ventilated Seat System
The heated and ventilated seat system has been developed by Amerigon Incorporated and combines passive cooling (also known as ventilation) with active heating. It relies on the company’s thermoelectric technology developments, allowing the driver and the passenger to individually and actively control the heating and the cooling of their respective seats, adapting the temperature to all the four seasons.
“For cooler environments or more economical vehicle lines, a ventilated seat may be a viable solution, bringing ambient cabin air to the surface instead of the "cooled" air produced by the thermoelectric. In the cooling mode, the heater is turned off and the fan provides ambient cabin air to the seat surface. Amerigon's heated and ventilated seat system fits within the same envelope as the active CCS system, so multiple Amerigon applications can be installed within or across various vehicle platforms,” stated the press release.
“The Sportage offers many upscale features including Amerigon's heated and ventilated seat system,” said Amerigon President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel R. Coker. "We have established a strong relationship with KIA through our Climate Control Seat systems technology. We view KIA's selection of our heated and ventilated system for its new Sportage SUV as an endorsement of the success and value of our products."