Amerigon Incorporated, a leader in developing and marketing products based on advanced thermoelectric (TE) technologies, announced today that its proprietary heated and ventilated seat system will be offered as an option on the front seats of the all-new 2011 Hyundai Tucson,
Hyundai characterizes the Tucson as a Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV) combining the rugged utility of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with the maneuverability and refinement of a car.
“We have worked very closely with Hyundai engineers and are pleased Hyundai has selected our heated and ventilated seat system for the new Tucson,” said Amerigon President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel R. Coker.
“We believe our heated and ventilated seat systems are an important extension of our product line, especially for automotive manufacturers such as Hyundai who are interested in providing consumers with increased levels of luxury and comfort in mid-range vehicles,” Coker added.
Other Hyundai vehicles featuring Amerigon’s proprietary Climate Control Seat® (CCS®) system which delivers actively controlled heated or cooled air to a seat occupant include the Hyundai Equus and Hyundai Genesis.
About the Amerigon Heated and Ventilated Seat System
The Amerigon heated and ventilated seat system combines passive cooling or ventilation with active heating. For cooler environments or more economical vehicle lines, a ventilated seat may be a viable solution, bringing ambient cabin air to the surface instead of the “cooled” air produced by the thermoelectric technology. In the cooling mode, the heater is turned off and the fan provides ambient cabin air to the seat surface. Amerigon’s heated and ventilated seat system fits within the same envelope as the active CCS system, so multiple Amerigon applications can be installed within or across various vehicle platforms.
Amerigon (NASDAQ:ARGN) develops products based on its advanced, proprietary, efficient thermoelectric (TE) technologies for a wide range of global markets and heating and cooling applications. The Company’s current principal product is its proprietary Climate Control Seat® (CCS®) system, a solid-state, TE-based system that permits drivers and passengers of vehicles to individually and actively control the heating and cooling of their respective seats to ensure maximum year-round comfort. CCS, which is the only system of its type on the market today, uses no CFCs or other environmentally sensitive coolants. Amerigon maintains sales and technical support centers in Southern California, Detroit, Japan, Germany, England and Korea. For more information, visit www.amerigon.com.