Since many people spend much of their time sitting in a vehicle, General Motors believes extra attention should be paid to the materials and design of each seat.
Although this may be an easier task for some vehicles offered by Michigan Chevrolet dealers, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be offered in almost 100 countries on six different continents, which means the difference in body types occupying the Malibu’s seats will vary to a greater degree than a vehicle sold in only one area of the globe.
A seat performance engineer, Daniel Cohen, who has been a part of the rear-end testing said, “the company utilizes a special digital pressure-mapping technology to scan the rear-end impressions of people of all shapes and sizes, with a rear-end machine simulating the tests on the seats,” according to Car Scoop.
The main purpose of the testing and analyses is to find what the engineers are calling “the sweet spot” of seat comfort, which refers to a seat that is a perfect balance of being firm and yet soft while not being too much of either.
Real-life testing was conducted by another seat performance engineer, Cheryl Hajciar, and more than 1,400 hours were spent analyzing the seat data over several thousands of miles.
“Our seat evaluators often ride long distances to achieve our mission of creating the most-comfortable seat possible,” said Hajciar. “We are being meticulous about the details so that when customers get behind the wheel of a 2013 Malibu, they’ll immediately feel the difference.”
Michigan Chevrolet dealers may know that the system creates a map of 4,600 data points with an intricate snapshot of a person's back and rear-end pressure distribution over the seat surface. The collected information creates graphics that illustrate how passengers sit in the seat statically or while driving.
The information being collected by General Motors may be able to be used in other vehicles as they are released into the market for customers to be more comfortable in the vehicles they ultimately choose.
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[Source(s): Car Scoop, The Torque Report]