Visteon Advanced Front Lighting Brightens The Way For 2006 Cadillac XLR

Lighting technology supports dynamic style and function

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As a high-performing luxury roadster, the acclaimed Cadillac XLR's advanced design enables drivers to carve up twisty roads with great pleasure and comfort -- even at night. Now, with new lighting technology from Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC), this roadster's headlamps are also high-performance.

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The 2006 Cadillac XLR, with Visteon's Advanced Front Lighting System, adapts the headlamp beam to better illuminate the car's path using a bi-functional High Intensity Discharge Advanced Front Lighting System. This bi-functional system delivers both high- and low-beam illumination from a single projector module. Visteon's advanced lighting system recognizes the driver's steering wheel position and moves the light pattern accordingly. Moving the light with the vehicle's intended direction helps extend driver visibility, even in curves.

Visteon has developed intelligent and unique software algorithms that enable headlamps to integrate seamlessly with the car's advanced electronics. The beams can swivel based on inputs from steering wheel and vehicle speed to precisely tailor the lighting pattern for the vehicle's approach to the road configurations. Both left and right headlamps swivel up to 15 degrees outboard and five degrees inboard -- Visteon leads the industry with this combination of swivel ranges. This higher range is a major distinction for the Visteon/Cadillac system.

"We know our customer is looking to deliver a harmonious blend of technology and styling that enhances the driving experience," said Todd Sheppelman, vice president and general manager of Visteon's General Motors customer business group. "Visteon is leveraging its electronics and lighting expertise to support the customer in delivering a dynamic design with advanced technology -- delivering a whole new driving experience."

Visteon's engineering capability and customer focus allowed this unique lighting system to move from concept to production in less than 15 months. The engineering effort required global collaboration -- Visteon engineering and manufacturing centers around the world contributed to this effort. Cadillac's engineering team relied on Visteon's lighting and manufacturing experts in the Czech Republic, U.S. and Mexico to meet the program timing and manufacturing needs.

"The goal is to bring global technology to market that allows flexibility in design while offering improved visibility for drivers," said Dieter Schaper, Visteon lighting product line director.

Visteon Corporation is a leading, full-service supplier that delivers consumer-driven technology solutions to automotive manufacturers worldwide and through multiple channels within the global automotive aftermarket. Visteon has about 70,000 employees and a global delivery system of more than 200 technical, manufacturing, sales and service facilities located in 24 countries.

CONTACT: Robin Pannecouk, +1-734-710-5575, Email Contact , or
Melissa Andrade, +1-734-710-5546, Email Contact , both of Visteon

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