Product News: Test & Measuring Instruments
Instrument Cluster features illuminated mechanical gauge rings.
Press Release Summary:
November 19, 2012 - Featuring 24-bit color depth, Instrument Cluster incorporates 10.1 in. TFT display that is fully reconfigurable and includes illuminated mechanical gauge ring overlays to optimize styling. Product contains all circuitry on single printed wire board, minimizing manufacturing complexity. With reconfigurable cluster, vehicle manufacturers can uniquely brand and style product for multiple vehicle trim levels and programs using same hardware.
Original Press Release
Visteon Launches First-to-Market Reconfigurable Instrument Cluster with Illuminated Mechanical Gauge Rings
Press release date: November 5, 2012
Global instrument cluster debuts on Lincoln MKZ in North America
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., -- Global automotive supplier Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) recently launched its first-to-market reconfigurable instrument cluster with illuminated mechanical gauge rings on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ in North America. The MKZ is expected to reach Lincoln dealers later this year.
The new instrument cluster incorporates a 10.1-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) display that is fully reconfigurable and includes illuminated mechanical gauge ring overlays to enhance its styling and appeal. The instrument cluster's industry-leading 24-bit color depth delivers improved image reproduction. Compared with a typical instrument cluster, Visteon's reconfigurable product uses significantly fewer parts and contains all circuitry on a single printed wire board - decreasing manufacturing complexity and improving cost-effectiveness and design robustness.
Visteon's reconfigurable instrument cluster allows vehicle manufacturers to uniquely brand and style the product for multiple vehicle trim levels and programs, using the same hardware. Because the most significant changes relate to software, considerable engineering and tooling savings can be realized.
The Lincoln MKZ is the first vehicle on this global platform to showcase Visteon's reconfigurable cluster with illuminated mechanical gauge rings. Visteon is manufacturing the cluster at its award-winning Carolinas Plant in Mexico.
"We capitalized on our experience from our first-generation reconfigurable instrument cluster, launched in 2010 to design a cluster for a smaller package space, while improving its capabilities and styling," said Steve Meszaros, Visteon product group president. "Our reconfigurable instrument clusters are setting the trend for global platforms and vehicles focused on design."
Visteon is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, electronics and interior products for vehicle manufacturers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK; the company has facilities in 28 countries and employs approximately 22,000 people. Learn more at www.visteon.com.
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