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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors develops innovative overhead console

Slim overhead console improves comfort and spaciousness

Frankfurt, Germany –

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors, has developed a slim overhead console that is only 15 millimeters thick and features an innovative sunroof control. It offers virtually all functions of a traditional overhead console, but does not interfere with the driver's headroom. With this new overhead console, YFAI has reduced the weight and space required by 55 to 80 percent in comparison to conventional components. As a result, automakers can lower the rooflines while creating a feeling of greater spaciousness in the vehicle interior.

The YFAI console offers most of the features and functions of traditional overhead consoles, including lighting for switches as well as the integration of lights, microphones and garage door openers.

"The new slim overhead console improves interior spaciousness for vehicle occupants," said Han Hendriks, vice president Advanced Product Development and Sales at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. "The innovative accent lighting also supports the brand identity of the vehicle."

In addition to the economical and ecological benefits of the new overhead console, the functionality, look and feel also play a role.

"Users can intuitively operate the sunroof from the overhead console with a swiping gesture," explained Hendriks. Additionally, the driver can activate the emergency response button on the overhead console. With the press of a button, the basic lighting on the console changes to red and a clearly audible warning signal is sounded.

With its slim packaging of the overhead console, YFAI is supporting the design strategies of automakers towards lower rooflines or optimized windshield angles in favor of improved aerodynamics. YFAI is thus helping vehicle manufacturers meet guidelines for reducing CO2 emissions while simultaneously satisfying customer demand for a more spacious feel.

The slim overhead console is available for model year 2016 vehicles.

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About Yanfeng Automotive Interiors:
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors. YFAI is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors today and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has approximately 110 manufacturing plants and technical centers in 20 countries and more than 33,000 employees globally. They design, develop and manufacture interior components for all automakers. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng, one of the largest automotive suppliers in China and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. For more information, please visit

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