Magna and Chrysler
partner to deliver innovative seating system for minivans
Photo: Magna Intier
Intier Automotive Seating, an
operating unit of Magna International Inc., in conjunction with
Chrysler Group, has co-engineered and manufactured new seating
features for Chrysler Group’s 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and
Chrysler Town & Country.
Chrysler Group’s new 2008
minivans, unveiled at this year’s North American International
Auto Show, offer three distinct seating and storage options. The
newest seating option is a cutting-edge seating technology
called Swivel ‘n Go™. It includes second-row quad seats that
swivel 180 degrees rearward to face the third-row seats. Swivel
‘n Go also includes a removable table1 that installs between the
second- and third-row seats. The seats swivel outward, which
eases entry and exit or the placement of a child in a car seat.
Both swiveling seats can also be removed. Heated cloth or
leather first- and second-row seats are available in the Swivel
‘n Go and industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go® seating and storage
system configurations in the 2008 Chrysler Group minivans.
“Consumers today are spending more
and more time in their vehicles, ultimately placing a greater
emphasis on comfort and convenience,” says Jeff Lambert, Intier
Automotive Seating Chief Engineer for the Chrysler Group
minivans seats. ”The Swivel ‘n Go seating system, an
industry-first in the North American market, raises the bar by
offering a family room on wheels.”
To further enhance the new
minivans, Chrysler Group worked with Intier Automotive Seating
to develop a powered version of its fold-in-the-floor third-row
seat. The one-touch operation, which stows the seat in less than
15 seconds, is a minivan first. The one-touch, power-folding,
third-row seat will stow in four different modes. Depending on
the passenger/cargo needs, the entire seat can stow, be in
tailgate mode or each section of the seat can stow or tailgate
The third-row, power-folding seat
also includes an obstacle-detection system that will stop the
seat from folding in the event a person or object is in the way.
Swivel ‘n Go and Stow ‘n Go are registered
trademarks of DaimlerChrysler Corporation.
1 Intier Automotive Seating did not
develop and does not manufacture the removable table.