AutoVision conquers the rear seat / Mobile cinema for a more enjoyable drive

Burscheid, Germany (ots) - What do rear-seat passengers in the Volkswagen Passat, Opel Signum, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Jeep Cherokee have in common? They will all soon enjoy a "front-row view" when it comes to in-car entertainment. This is made possible thanks to AutoVision, the versatile video entertainment system from Johnson Controls, one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive interior systems, interior electronics and batteries. Available for all of the above car models, this entertainment feature alleviates boredom on long trips and makes even short rides more fun. Whether passengers want to watch a movie, listen to music or play a computer game - they can turn the car's interior into a mobile movie theater in no time.

Banishing boredom in the car - even for children AutoVision is versatile and easy to use. It supports all common formats, such as DVD (Digital Versatile Disk), MP3 and (S)VCD. Video game consoles and camcorders as well as additional headsets can be plugged in at any time. The core of the video entertainment center is formed by a high-performance flat screen, which folds down from an overhead panel at the touch of a button.

The AutoVision monitor is very compact so that the driver's view through the rear mirror is always free, even when the monitor is folded out. The modern display technology used in the monitor ensures excellent picture quality regardless of lighting conditions - even for passengers seated several seat rows back or at the side. The system can be comfortably operated using an infrared remote control. Wireless stereo headsets make sure there is no noise in the car - so the driver can concentrate on the road while passengers in the rear are enjoying AutoVision.

AutoVision is already available ex works as an option for the Opel Zafira, the Meriva, and now for the Signum as well. Similarly to VW for the Passat, DaimlerChrysler will also be offering the system for the PT Cruiser, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee as a retrofit option from summer this year. BMW already offers AutoVision in the form of original equipment as a retrofit option for various models. The DVD system is also available for the Ford Fusion+ and the Ford Focus C-MAX.

All AutoVision systems from Johnson Controls are seamlessly integrated into the vehicle's interior and meet all of the automotive industry's passenger safety requirements.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of integrated seating and interior systems, and batteries. For non- residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides control systems and services including comfort, energy and security management.

Johnson Controls (New York Stock Exchange: JCI), founded in 1885, has its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The company's sales for 2003 totaled US$22.6 billion, the Automotive Group worldwide generating US$17 billion of this figure and Europe accounting for US$5.9 billion. The European headquarters is in Burscheid, Germany. The company's product portfolio also includes instrument panels/cockpits, door systems, overhead systems, interior electronics, electrical energy management and engine electronics.

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