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Continental demonstrates strong system integration competence at Auto Expo 2010

Products and solutions customized to the Indian market with continuous focus on au-tomotive megatrends: "safety, environment, information and affordable cars"

(PresseBox) (New Delhi, India, ) Acknowledging the growing importance of the Indian automotive industry inside the global automotive arena, the international automotive supplier Continental AG presents the company and its major product portfolio at India's most important auto show, the Auto Expo 2010. It showcases the products and solutions tailormade for the Asian and Indian market.

As one of the market leaders for many of its products, which focus on the four automotive megatrends safety, environment, information and affordable cars identified by the company, Continental displays its advanced technologies for Chassis & Safety, Powertrain, Interior and ContiTech in hall 12, booth 22. Moreover, in a dedicated corner, Continental unveils its brand new demo car called "IDOL", which is packed with ideas and products which are aimed at the emerging markets. IDOL also demonstrates strong system integration competence and the growth for local production and R&D footprint in India.

Based upon its comprehensive knowhow and wide product portfolio as shown by the demo car "IDOL", Continental offers products focused on enhancing mobility, safety, and driving pleasure at affordable prices while at the same time integrating environmentallyfriendly technologies. Powered by 1.5 ltr 3 cylinder turbo charged direct injection gasoline engine and 12KW mild hybrid drivetrain, Continental believes a reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 15% while increasing engine power by up to 14% and increasing the torque by up to 36% can be achieved. To enhance functionality of the vehicle, "IDOL" is equipped with not only a new instrument cluster with outstanding features for an optimized Human-Machine Interface (HMI) by touch screen and voice recognition, but also entertainment systems with MP3, DVD Video, integrated navigation and a Bluetooth interface for mobile phones. Such advanced incar information management is aimed at minimizing driver distraction as well as ensuring that the driver has all of the information he wants while still being in full control of his vehicle. Electronic Stability Control (ESC), presently the most important active safety system used in automobiles, ensures the stability and controllability of the vehicle in all driving situations. With ContiGuard® on board, "IDOL" demonstrates an integrated active and passive safety system which represents the next level of driving safety technology. Every safetyrelevant active and passive function, including the corresponding environment sensor system, is fully integrated into a comprehensive safety package. Effective accident prevention (Vision ZERO), the minimization of the consequences of accidents and the risk of injuries, new functionalities through system integration and reduced cost through the use of common components are some of the outstanding advantages of ContiGuard®. The tires of "IDOL" combine an outstanding safety performance, especially in stopping power, with low rolling resistance values.

Claude d'Gamarose, the new Managing Director Continental Automotive India, said: "The upcoming customer demand for fuel efficient, safer, comfortable and multimediaenabled vehicles has been driving manufacturers to make their vehicles increasingly intelligent. At Continental we are partnering with our customers in meeting these demands. As we aim to make intelligent mobility affordable, our focus is to localize the entire value chain from local R&D to local engineering, purchasing and manufacturing. Our new electronic manufacturing facility in Bangalore meets the Indian automotive industry demands and we are also constantly expanding our R&D base in our new Technical Center in Bangalore."

Jay K. Kunkel, President Asia and Member of the Automotive Management Board of Continental AG, said: "Industry experts are expecting a strong growth in the lowcost vehicle segment in the coming decade, particularly in the emerging markets of Asia. According to leading automotive market research institutes, from 2012 onwards nearly one out of two cars worldwide is expected to be manufactured in Asia; furthermore, much of the growth in Asian auto market is anticipated to come from India, which is expected by industry experts to be the 7th largest automotive market by 2016. We intend to continue our investment in technology innovations and intensify our R&D localization strategy to develop specific products for the Indian market while providing excellent support and global expertise to our local customers. We are where our customers are. Our participation in Auto Expo 2010 provides an opportunity to showcase the strengths of Continental."

Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH

With sales of approximately €24 billion in 2008, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 134,000 at nearly 190 locations in 37 countries.