2011 Ford Fiesta to Get Faurecia Interiors

The 2011 Ford Fiesta, which makes its official debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show today, will feature sophisticated interiors from Faurecia. The company's vehicle interiors team worked with Ford’ specialists to design and develop the instrument panel (IP), center console and door panels for the new Fiesta. The program will be supported by Faurecia's Puebla, Mexico, production facility.

"We take great pride in bringing engineering expertise to our customers, providing them with products that are rich in quality and design," said Mike Heneka, president of Faurecia North America, in a release.

"Contributing to a global vehicle like the Ford Fiesta further emphasizes Faurecia's excellence in design innovation. Our international breadth and experience allow us to implement and execute ideas on a global scale quickly and meet the needs of our local communities."

For the instrument panel, Faurecia applies a number of technologies to make it “pleasing to the eye and touch.” At the same time, the IP skin is resistant to UV rays and ageing. Foam is applied to areas touched by the driver and passengers, consuming less material and contributing directly to a reduction in the vehicle's overall weight.

Additional features of the interior work include an invisible passenger-side airbag cover, as well as ambient lighting on the IP and center console. The driver and passengers can change the color of the lighting to suit their style or mood.

The front door panels of the Fiesta are also produced by Faurecia. Moreover, the company integrates energy absorbers into the dual-tone panels, as well as a central section made of plastic upholstered in fabric or vinyl.

"Consumers will be pleased with a number of features not typically found in this segment,"
Heneka added. "We are looking forward to delivering Faurecia products to the highly anticipated Ford Fiesta."
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