Amerigon Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARGN) announced today that the application engineering team responsible for the introduction of its proprietary Climate Control Seat(TM) (CCS(TM)) system into the model year 2000 Lincoln Navigator sports utility vehicle (SUV) has received a 1999 Truck Significant Achievement Award from the Truck Vehicle Center of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). The award, which was presented at a banquet at Lovett Hall at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, late last month, is among those given annually to a number of winners for exemplary achievement in a variety of engineering, manufacturing and product development categories. Ford Motor Company Chairman William Clay Ford gave the keynote address at the banquet, and Gurminder Bedi, vice president, Ford North American Truck, presented the awards.
The multi-company CCS team receiving the award included James Mertes, Dan Pace, John Taylor and John Terech from Amerigon; Stephen Helwig, Scott Jiran and Brian Pennington from the Ford Truck Product Development Center in Dearborn; Dave Hensel and John Scalzo from Plymouth, MI-based Automotive Group of Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI), the seat manufacturer for the Navigator; and Tim Brady from the Northbrook, IL-based Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group of Motorola (NYSE: MOT).
Amerigon President and CEO Richard A. Weisbart commented, “The inter-company cooperation and dedication of the team was instrumental in the successful implementation of the CCS program for the Lincoln Navigator, and we congratulate each of them for their outstanding achievement. We are proud to have been a part of the effort and to share in the award.”
Ford has agreed to use Amerigon’s proprietary CCS system exclusively for heated and cooled or heated and ventilated seats for a period of five years, and CCS is currently available as an option on the model year 2000 Lincoln Navigator SUV. Early customer feedback has been very positive.
CCS is the only product on the market today that makes it possible for both the driver and front seat passenger of a vehicle to individually and actively control the warming and/or cooling of their respective seat for year-round comfort.
Amerigon, an emerging player in the global automotive industry, develops and markets proprietary products for automotive OEMs. In addition to the Climate Control Seat (CCS) technology, the Company’s products include the AmeriGuard(TM) radar sensing system, designed to extend the driver’s field of view in such vehicle applications as enhanced parking aids, back-up warning systems and side object detection.