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Interview: Johannes Roters, Chief Executive, Yanfeng Automotive

Interiors suppliers are preparing for radical changes in the automotive industry, which may make interior feature options more important than the car itself, says Johannes Roters. Interview by Xavier Boucherat

This year at IAA 2017, Yanfeng’s XiM18 concept made its European debut. The successor to the XiM17 concept, it was the XiM18 concept’s multiple seating modes that drew particular attention, allowing for lounge and meeting room configurations. With autonomous driving and improved connectivity waiting in the wings, the subject of how consumers will behave in tomorrow’s cars has come under increasing scrutiny.

But as Yanfeng’s Chief Executive Johannes Roters explained to Automotive World, creating the next ‘living space’ will require more than moveable seating. The real …

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