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Visteon Demonstrates Commitment to Advanced Electronics Technology

Press release date: September 12, 2006

GM Sequel features Visteon's steer-by-wire system

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Sept. 12 // -- A Visteon Corporation (NYSE:VC) technical expert is on hand as GM launches its hydrogen fuel cell-powered concept vehicle, the Sequel. This fully functional advanced vehicle emits only water vapor and sports a host of futuristic technology including Visteon's advanced electronics steer-by-wire system.

The vehicle is being unveiled at a ride-and-drive media event at California's Camp Pendleton, Sept. 10 - 16.

Visteon's steer-by-wire system demonstrates the company's focus on innovation in electronics -- it consists of front and rear electromechanical actuators, a torque feedback emulator for the steering wheel, and a distributed electronic control system. Redundant sensors, actuators, controllers and power provide a back-up structure that allows the system to be fault-tolerant. Control is provided by multiple electronic control units that are linked by a fault-tolerant communication system called FlexRay -- an industry standard. The system on the Sequel uses a steering wheel -- a mechanism all drivers know -- rather than a joystick.

"Visteon is honored to be part of such an industry-leading program," said Brian Daugherty, director, Visteon's global advanced development, who will be on hand at the event to answer questions related to the steer-by-wire system. "Working with GM has truly been a privilege."

The electronic architecture of the steer-by-wire system offers the potential to enhance steering functionality by enabling features such as automatic lane keeping, park assist, variable-ratio steering and advanced vehicle dynamics control.

"Visteon's system offers speed-dependent, variable-ratio steering and can be tuned to feel like anything from a sports car to a truck," explains Daugherty. "These features led GM to include steer-by-wire technology in this next-generation fuel cell demonstration vehicle."

The technology used for the steer-by-wire system is also applied to other advanced electronics technology at Visteon, including blind spot detection.

To learn more about Visteon's steer-by-wire system, click on for the white paper authored by Daugherty that was submitted to the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Visteon Corporation is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Kerpen, Germany; the company has more than 170 facilities in 24 countries and employs approximately 47,000 people.

Source: Visteon Corporation


Melissa Andrade, Visteon Corporation +1-734-710-5546

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