The New Vauxhall Insignia Seats have been Highly Commended

Vauxhall Insignia Seats
Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia’s seats have the car industry’s widest adjustment ranges, allowing all drivers and passengers to find their ideal seating position.

With a height-adjustment range of 65 millimetres and a length-adjustment range of 270 millimetres, the Insignia’s seats use the most up-to-date technology to create new levels of comfort and safety in this class.

In addition, the Ergonomic Sports Seats have improved tilt adjustment, 4-way power lumbar support, and ergonomic seat contours, including superior side support.

Acknowledging this achievement, Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V (AGR), an independent panel of ergonomics experts and doctors in Germany, has awarded the Insignia’s Sport seats its coveted seal of approval. The AGR seal is a guarantee of quality only awarded to ergonomic products that comply with strict medical requirements; in this case the Insignia’s seats effectively prevent the back pain and tension suffered by some occupants on car journeys.

AGR was also impressed by the Ergonomic Sport Seat’s thigh support, which features a cushion that can be extended by up to 60 millimetres for taller drivers. Complementing this are optional power adjustment with memory and fan ventilation.

“Everyone, small and large, will find our seats safe and comfortable because they can adjust the height and length of the seats to their own body,” says Andrew Leuchtmann, Engineering Group Manager of Seats.

Active head restraints prevent whiplash

According to the European Traffic Safety Council, whiplash accounts for around 65 per cent of all injuries to people in road accidents each year.  For that reason, the Insignia features the latest generation active head restraints, which are adjustable in four directions as standard, and designed to restrict rearward movement in the event of a rearward collision.

The system, which sends the restraint forward when the occupant’s lower back is pressed against the seat back if the car is struck from behind, reacts milliseconds before the head snaps backwards. The latest generation is operated by a Bowden cable, instead of a lever, and is therefore lighter and operates with more precision than the previous system.

Stronger seats for greater protection

The Vauxhall Insignia’s seats provide front occupants with the best possible protection against objects flying forward from the rear of the cabin.  The front seats are reinforced by a protection shield in their backrests made from high-strength steel, which is both lighter and more rigid than that used in the Vectra.

To ensure that the seat stays locked in place if struck from behind by a heavy object, the seat mounting rails have a secure adjustment with spring-loaded pins, providing a permanent locking track so that regardless of where the seat is positioned, it is securely locked in place.


Published : 29/08/08 Author : Melanie Carter

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