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Newsroom Lear's Expertise in Flexible Solutions Offers Automotive Consumers Maximum Interior Functionality


SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today's consumers use their vehicles for a wide variety of purposes -- making a daily commute, shuttling kids to sporting events, hauling home improvement materials -- and they want their vehicles to be flexible enough to meet their changing lifestyle demands.

Consumers are increasingly seeking added flexibility with seating systems, particularly with second- and third-row configurations, where ease of movement and efficient, out-of-the-way stowage is a plus. Manufacturers who can provide flexible seating options for first-, second- and third-row seats, stand a greater chance of attracting customers in the highly competitive sport utility vehicle (SUV) and minivan markets.

To meet consumer demand for flexible seating options, Lear has introduced and is working on numerous flex-and-stow seating systems. Recently, General Motors Corp. recognized Lear for "breakthrough technology" on GM's new 2007 full-size SUVs: power remote second-row seats that efficiently tumble out of the way to an ingress/egress or cargo position that can be manually returned back into a normal seating position. Not only is this feature a first of its kind in a GM program, as an "industry first," it serves as a product differentiator throughout the entire SUV segment.

To provide a more user-friendly operation of the third-row, power fold- flat seat, Lear has created SmartFold™ which combines seat-sensing and radio-frequency capabilities that can be integrated into any passive entry technology to create a best-in-class solution. It's the next innovation of Lear seating technology targeted at supporting unsupervised operation of the third row seat.

Lear's Stadium Seat® System is designed to provide one-handed easy entry or egress to the third row in any SUV or van. The Stadium Slide seat incorporates all other functions for second row seats, such as reclining, folding flat, fore and aft positioning and all belts to seats.

Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) is one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive interior systems and components. Lear provides complete seat systems, electronic products and electrical distribution systems and other interior products. With annual net sales of $17.1 billion, Lear ranks #127 among the Fortune 500. The company's world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of 115,000 employees at 282 locations in 34 countries. Lear's headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan, and Lear is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol [LEA]. Further information about Lear is available on the Internet at .

SOURCE: Lear Corporation

CONTACT: Andrea Puchalsky, Director - Corporate Communications of Lear
Corporation, +1-248-447-1651

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Posted on 4/3/2006

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