Introduced at the 2012 LA Auto Show
Form and function thoughtfully converge in the 2014 Impala design. The exterior is characterized by a smooth, flowing design that is as visually stunning as it is aerodynamic. The Impala offers three engine choices: the available 303-horsepower 3.6 liter V-6, and the standard 2.5 and 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engines. The Impala furnishes a number of seating and storage options, allowing the interior to be configured to maximize space and passengers’ comfort. It is one of the few cars with seating options for either five or six passengers — and plenty of room in the trunk for their luggage. Faurecia supplies the all-new Impala with hot-end exhaust components from its emissions control technologies plants in Querétaro and Silao, Mexico, along with the Gladstone plant in Columbus, Indiana. Additionally, Faurecia supplies the seat mechanisms for the new Impala out of its Bradford, Ontario and San Luis Potosí, Mexico plants.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
In a classy update to an iconic car, the 2013 VW Beetle convertible offers a distinctive presence on the road in both styling and performance, available with gasoline, turbo and TDI® Clean Diesel engines. For the Beetle, built in VW’s Puebla, Mexico plant, Faurecia Interior Systems supplies instrument panels from its own Puebla plant, while Faurecia Automotive Seating furnishes front and rear seat frames built in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and seat recliners built at Faurecia sites in Poland. For the Beetle’s 2.5L gasoline, five-cylinder engine, the 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel and the 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline engine, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies assembles catalytic converters at its Querétaro, Mexico plant.
Other recent introductions
The 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid carries Faurecia technology both inside and under the vehicle. With its cousin, the 2013 Ford Escape, the compact multi-purpose vehicle’s instrument panel employs Mucell® injection technology, in which gas is added into the molded part during injection, resulting in a lighter-weight system that uses less plastic. The instrument panel, produced at a Faurecia plant in Louisville, Ky., is the largest automotive component ever molded by the Mucell® process. Additionally, Faurecia’s emissions control technologies facility in Hermosillo, Mexico, manufactures the manifolds for the C-MAX exhaust system. With Ford, Faurecia co-developed the exhaust heat recovery manifold (EHRM), a first-of-its-kind technology for vehicle exhaust heat recovery. In gas-electric hybrid vehicles like the C-MAX, the thermal engine is used in certain phases only to warm the cabin, improving mileage. The EHRM is assembled using Faurecia’s brazing technology, which enables thinner materials to be used, while providing higher quality and better durability.
The 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid reflects the latest generation of technology to provide fuel efficiency rated at 47 combined mpg, along with exceptional comfort and styling. The vehicle is the first to incorporate an exhaust heat recovery manifold (EHRM) that Faurecia co-developed with Ford, allowing the passenger cabin to warm more quickly with the gasoline engine and shift to its electric powertrain sooner. The EHRM is assembled using Faurecia’s brazing technology, which enables thinner materials to be used, while providing higher quality and better durability. Faurecia also makes the complete exhaust system for the Ford Fusion.
Hyundai Santa Fe
An IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and one of the latest models to receive Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” styling, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV offers exceptional front and rear head room, shoulder room, hip room and rear leg room. Owners can choose a turbocharged engine, Driver Selectable Steering Mode and Active Cornering Control all-wheel drive, along with Hillstart Assist Control, which minimizes backward roll when stopped on steep hills, and Downhill Brake Control to help the driver maintain control when headed down steep hills. Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies produces the Santa Fe’s catalytic converter at its plant in Silao, Mexico, and supplies the vehicle’s manifold from a facility in China.
The exquisitely detailed, second-generation 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV offers three rows that seat seven in luxury and safety. Completely redesigned this year, the GL unites groundbreaking technology with a refined finish. For the GL, Faurecia Automotive Seating supplies complete seats, which are assembled at Faurecia’s Cottondale, Ala., plant, with optional pneumatic multi-contour adjustment and comfort massage. The vehicle also sports leather instrument panels produced by Faurecia in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder SUV offers best-in-class fuel economy of 26 mpg, a boost in fuel economy of 30 percent. Nissan made the Pathfinder lighter and therefore more fuel efficient by removing weight from the frame, drivetrain, climate control and other systems while improving the vehicle’s aerodynamics and installing an Xtronic ® continuously variable transmission. The Pathfinder is the only vehicle in its class to offer 2WD, 4WD and Auto Mode. Faurecia Interior Systems contributes to the Pathfinder’s comfort, style and convenience with a center console manufactured in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The 2013 Nissan Sentra is a roomy entry-level sedan that features a lower, aerodynamic body that widens at the fenders for a striking broad-shouldered look. With finishing touches reminiscent of those on luxury vehicles, Sentra adds new dimensions to its class. At its Querétaro, Mexico, site, Faurecia manufactures the catalytic converter for the Sentra, contributing to the vehicle’s mileage rating of 30 mpg/city and 39-40 mpg/highway.