The world of automotive interiors is changing and the next few years will see this process accelerate; future vehicle interiors will very likely end up looking very different from those of today, and in some cases they will be almost unrecognisable from what we have come to expect from a conventional vehicle interior. It is not long ago that when analysts and commentators wrote about automotive interiors, the focus would be on seats and their adoption of electronic technology for automatic movement and comfort features; and on cockpits, especially whether they were assembled off-line, along with the complex logistics chain that went behind this. Some honourable mention would also be made of headliners, particularly when they began to incorporate acoustic insulation material for added value and customer benefit, as did carpets and other interior coverings. Companies like JCI, Lear, Visteon, Faurecia and Magna were – quite rightly at the time – seen as the dominant players in this market who would eventually take over the delivery of entire interior packages for the car companies.
This report looks at recent developments in automotive interiors at the major car companies, the technologies which they are already deploying, what they might deploy in the near- and medium-term and what this means for suppliers. In addition, from the supply side the report discusses how selected leading players’ strategies for vehicle interiors are changing.
The report ends with an appendix of 35 major Interiors suppliers providing an overview of the company and mapping data of global locations.
Mega-themes and market structure
Continued M&A activity
More market concentration in interiors?
The emergence of the Chinese
Automotive interiors – sub-segment commentary
Increased vertical integration in seat production
International moves in seat production
Seat supplier strategies: Lear, JCI and Faurecia all follow different routes
Lear – increased vertical integration and an expanding global footprint
JCI: a world leader, but now leaving automotive interiors
Faurecia: committed to seating and automotive interiors
Instrumentation: three companies with over 50% of the global market
Centre stacks: prominent role for Asian suppliers
European premium vehicle manufacturers
Japanese vehicle manufacturers – luxury and mass-market segments needs converging?
Mid-market European brands adopting new interior approaches
PSA – a new interior look for the major brands
Citroën – from Cactus to Aircross
Peugeot – music and sound inspire the Fractal
Two alternative perspectives – from motor sport and motor cycles
Yamaha – a new entrant with a new approach