Providing superior quality and functionality
Perceived quality is inherent in the appearance, harmonious materials, fit-and-finish and ergonomic design. Through its industrial design, Faurecia optimizes products and their functionality.
Developing perceived quality
Faurecia implements an end-to-end range of technologies to comply with ever higher demands from manufacturers and drivers for perceived quality, and offers upgrades for each segment. On entry-level and mid-range vehicles, the injection-molded instrument panel can be given a grained effect, painted or covered with various types of skin for an eye-catching finish that is perfect to the touch, especially after selective foaming (producing a soft appearance in only those areas that the end consumer will touch). Using other leading-edge technologies, such as laser cutting, passenger airbags blend seamlessly into all types of instrument panels.
As such, Faurecia's designers recommend solutions that strike a balance between the patterns and colors, and the acoustic and visual ambiance, the quality of the adjustment mechanisms and the finish. This pre-production approach paves the way for optimized technical solutions.
A complete range of decorative solutions
Faurecia offers a comprehensive portfolio of decorative solutions for vehicle customization: decorative parts built into the industrial skin, laser markings and technologies for direct printing onto 3D parts, decorative seams, wood veneers, and much more. Our designers keep a close eye on the latest trends and liaise with automakers' Colors & Trim teams.
Whether added post-production (painted parts, films…) or during production (seams, lights, integrated onto/into the skin…), decorations personalize and bring to life the vehicle's interior. Two-tone skins (applied to a soft foam) and skins with seams guarantee a unique and exclusive feel for high-end vehicles.
Faurecia's expertise in decoration and ergonomics also touches on the design of center consoles as flat parts, integrating HMI functions (Human-Machine Interface), such as a touch screen, radio and temperature controls, which are becoming an essential part of the in-car experience.
Personalization and ergonomics: setting the gold standard
Faurecia can be credited with the door panels, instrument panel, exhaust system, front end and acoustic modules in the Citroën DS3. The instrument panel strip is available in eight finishes. The door panels are built to premium quality with a choice of two paints.
The seats in the Audi A5 Sportback come with a range of sophisticated options: bucket seats, extendable thigh rests, four-way power-adjustable lumbar support, memory function, ventilated seats, storage space beneath the seats and fine leather.
mEasy: perceived quality for the front end
The mEasy concept (for adjusting the front end to the bodywork) drastically reduces assembly times on the customer's production lines while optimizing quality. The BMW 1 Series features a hybrid metal/plastic front end designed and produced by Faurecia, with metal inserts and the mEasy system.