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We have created a car …

Our vision becomes reality: the AMBIENC3 is here.

From supplier to idea generator: Continental is shaping the automotive future. With the AMBIENC3 concept car, we as surface specialists are demonstrating the transformation from a purely functional vehicle interior to a trendy, mobile work and living space. Everyone will ask: Why do surface specialists design and develop a car? The answer is simple: times are changing. And - because we can. Because this is not our first holistic concept car.

Sustainability, individualization, modular interior design, electrification and autonomous driving are the trends that will steer us into the automotive future. And we have consistently considered and implemented these specifications in the planning and development of the AMBIENC3. The AMBIENC3 is the inspiring combination of sustainable industrial products into a holistic concept. In the development of vegan surfaces, we can show initial successes, which we also demonstrate in the AMBIENC3. 

With the AMBIENC3, we are presenting a completely new car for the first time at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. World premiere. At a new location. With a new spirit. For a new orientation of automotive future: the AMBIENC3 combines mobility with the living and working worlds in a 3rd Space. Passengers benefit from high comfort, high-quality designs, smart functions and the durability of the material.

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Our Ambienc3 is the physical proof of a virtual idea. Our individual core competencies become visible in real terms as a holistic project and can be experienced by you. Haptics, design, functionality, aesthetics, comfort and much more ... Discover it! You will like it, despite all the rationality of our time, because the AMBIENC3 comes across as particularly emotional. A car icon of a bygone era as a sympathetic bearer of a sustainable automotive future.

We are already equipping the interiors of electric vehicles from almost all manufacturers. In addition, we will continue to focus on autonomous and alternative mobility concepts in order to meet individual requirements in terms of design, function and materials. An international, well-connected team of developers and designers, trend scouts and creative minds work every day at 13 locations in Europe, China and America to ensure that drivers of the future will feel comfortable in their vehicles, while staying safe and comfortable on the road.

Now we are sending the AMBIENC3 out into the world and are eager to see the response it receives, which will certainly inspire us further. Be there - at the launch of the AMBIENC3 from Continental at the IAA Mobility in Munich!

Dr. Dirk Leiß, responsible for the Surfaces business unit at Continental. The business unit that designed, developed and created the Ambienc3 with its surface materials.

Retro meets the future – the AMBIENC3 drives ahead

The new concept car from Continental

On this website, you can find out more about a vision that has become reality - a vehicle full of innovative surface materials from Continental. 
 
Click on the images to the right to learn more.

Take a seat – and discover the AMBIENC3 on a virtual tour:

  • Ambienc3 – Design
  • Ambienc3 – Design
  • Ambienc3 – Design
  • Ambienc3 – Design
  • Ambienc3 – Design

... it's an inspiring place to feel good.

Pure Design to feel good.

As passionate designers, we are convinced that good design should be sustainable and inspiring at the same time - with consistent user orientation. We always have a holistic design concept in mind: with a clear layout, homogeneous styling, a color code that makes you feel good, and complementary mood concepts consisting of light and sound.

Thanks to its excellent heat and UV light resistance, the extremely durable surface material even allows bright vibrant colors and pure white to be displayed on exposed surfaces. Because the surface is manufactured without critical substances, it has a significantly better carbon footprint compared to standard PUR synthetic leather. The unique value impression combined with extra-soft haptics leave no doubt about the special product comfort.

The interior reflects the design language of the outer shell. In a holistic concept of look, feel, print, light, sound and color, the forms consistently follow the function – with the aim of creating three different environments. In doing so, we play with opposing forces. The result is a dynamic ambience that is in harmony despite different functions.

The use of natural and light colors, which have a relaxing and modern effect, as well as homely, authentic-looking wood decors underline the overall theme of "design to feel good".

Feel good – with the Ambienc3 and these materials!

… it would be an inspiring place to be.

Mobility inspires.

We are designers out of passion. And as responsible developers, we are convinced that good design should be sustainable. And, of course, inspiring - modeled on the forms of nature and, of course, consistently benefit-oriented. It is our aspiration to constantly think the vehicle interior of the future in new and different ways. Design language, surface design and light ...
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... have an influence on perception, thus conveying moods and atmosphere. We always have a holistic design concept in mind: with a consistent theme, clear, simple styling, a color code that makes you feel good, and mood concepts consisting of light and sound. We play with contrasts to generate energy. In this way, the interior supports motivation when working and inspiration when relaxing. The use of natural and subtle colors, which have a very relaxed, cozy, and modern effect, emphasize the overall theme of "well-being".

Feel good!

  • Ambienc3 – Function
  • Ambienc3 – Function
  • Ambienc3 – Function
  • Ambienc3 – Function

... it has new and surprising functions.

The secret lies beneath the surface.

The AMBIENC3 surprises with a functional upgrade of the interior through a new comfortable and user-friendly design. Everything is intuitively at hand - and works without buttons and switches being permanently visible. This is not utopia, but a concept that could soon go into series production. It is not the function or feature that is the surprise, but the way it is used or operated.

The magic lies in the interplay of light source and material. Thanks to maximum design flexibility, the translucent material is suitable for large-area ambient lighting, making the vehicle not only more beautiful but also safer. The control elements are only visible when required. At the same time, the grain or texture remains clearly present in every application. In addition, the surfaces used impress with special properties such as optimized soiling behavior, maximum abrasion resistance – and even self-healing in the event of damage.

The AMBIENC3 is smarter: thanks to a new convenient networking of functions. Without mumbo-jumbo, but with many innovative, creative, and sensible "magic tricks" that make life easier, safer and more beautiful.

Be magical – with Ambienc3 and these surfaces!

… it would have new and surprising functions.”

Invisible – but always there.

As a specialist in surfaces and their design, we are constantly thinking about how to integrate new surprising functions into seemingly plain surfaces. Examples include heat, display, control, light, sound and much more. It is not the function or feature that is the surprise, but the way it is used or operated. To this end, we completely re-examine surfaces over and over again, focusing exclusively on the user's comfort!
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The result is an upgrade of the interior through a new comfortable design of the functions and their networking. Everything is intuitively at hand – and works without buttons and switches being permanently visible. This is no utopia. What's more, the surfaces used astonish with special properties such as optimized soiling behaviour, maximum abrasion resistance – and even self-healing in the event of damage.

Be magical!

  • Ambienc3 – Sustainability
  • Ambienc3 – Sustainability

…that is lighter and greener.

Sustainability, climate protection, clean mobility are the topics of our time.

Drivers and manufacturers are increasingly asking for environmentally friendly components for the interior. In electric vehicles in particular, many drivers consciously want to avoid materials of animal origin. That is why the surface specialists at Continental are increasingly focusing on sustainable and recycled or upcycled materials for the interior. In addition, our high-quality surfaces in a deceptively real leather look or in a noble wood design support the desire for a natural-looking interior design. Completely without animal components and without a tree having to fall for it.

Only raw materials that do not contain conventional solvents and are based on high-quality aqueous PU systems are used in our breathable artificial leather. As a hybrid material, the new development combines the properties of vinyl and polyurethane, thus uniting the best of two worlds. On the one hand, it is durable, abrasion-resistant, and robust; on the other, the innovation presents itself as highly comfortable, soft to the touch and elegant. This also makes the material consistently sustainable and leaves a green footprint.

With the AMBIENC3, we are presenting a vehicle with many environmentally friendly components. With our surfaces that are lighter than leather or wood, vehicles achieve a greater range and produce significantly less CO2. In addition, the high quality of the materials used leads to a longer life cycle and sets sustainable standards.

Go for green – with Ambienc3 and these materials.

… it would be lighter and greener.

Sustainability is more than just a trend.

Our idea is to develop a vehicle that is predominantly made of sustainable materials. Based on natural and renewable raw materials, with consistent savings on wood and genuine leather. In doing so, the development of authentic surfaces and products that retain their value is important to us. At the same time, we support our customers and suppliers in their activities and efforts towards sustainability. Because: We value sustainable supply chains, promote a thorough circular economy and offer good and fair working conditions.
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As a result, by using recycled and durable materials in the interior, we are responding to our customers' needs for sustainable options and the industry's interest in lighter, environmentally friendly vehicles.

Our goal is to make a significant contribution to a vehicle that allows greater range through less weight, produces significantly less CO2, and also sets sustainable standards with a longer life cycle.

Go for green!

  • Ambienc3 – 3rd Space
  • Ambienc3 – 3rd Space
  • Ambienc3 – 3rd Space
  • Ambienc3 – 3rd Space

... it perfectly fits the individual lifestyles.

Three in One: Symbol of Automotive Future.

With the AMBIENC3, we are reshaping the "autonomous driving" megatrend and consistently thinking ahead about its impact on the interior. Above all, this requires more flexibility: the car is used as a 3rd space for driving, working and relaxing. This is because it has a Drive Zone, a Work Zone and a Lounge Zone with surface materials and design concepts tailored to the respective application. Coordinated entertainment and mood features, such as light and sound, create atmospheres that optimally support each selected option.

As a provider of ideas to the automotive industry, we are actively driving the transformation from purely functional vehicle interiors to trendy mobile working and living spaces. We are already equipping the electric vehicles of innovative manufacturers worldwide with state-of-the-art surface materials. Here, too, the interior is becoming a differentiating factor, with bright, subtle, friendly colors and even white replacing gray on gray. 

In the driver's area, we offer the best comfort in every respect with our premium variant for luxurious leather touches. The noble-looking material, which is used in instrument panels or door trim, is resistant to aging, lightfast, stable in all weather conditions and completely free of plasticizers. The surface looks deceptively similar to real leather – and in comparison is highly cost-efficient.

Even if it will still take a few years before electrically powered and autonomously driving vehicles dominate our roads – the transformation in the automotive industry has picked up speed. We will support it with our expertise and accompany it appropriately.

Have a good time – with Ambienc3 and these materials.

… it would be a perfect fit for individual lifestyles.

Mobility without Compromise.

Imagine that you don't just use your car to get from A to B. You also use it as a place of retreat. For those who travel a lot by car, the vehicle is often also a place of retreat – with correspondingly higher requirements. Almost like a second home. Or a mobile office. A wellness oasis. In the future, vehicles will offer their occupants a completely new spatial experience to switch off, refuel and gather energy.
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This is because vehicle design, technology, operating concepts and interior features will be constructed and designed in such a way that they enable flexible spatial design, as a self-evident link between the worlds of life.

In this way, we are shaping the "autonomous driving" megatrend and consistently thinking ahead about its impact on the interior. Above all, this requires more flexibility: the car is used for driving, working and relaxing. With coordinated entertainment and mood features, such as light and sound, atmospheres are created that optimally support each selected option.
 

Have a good time!

  • Ambienc3 – Customer Orientation
  • Ambienc3 – Customer Orientation
  • Ambienc3 – Customer Orientation

... it's a unique experience.

As unique as your Car.

As designers, we ask ourselves the question: How can we individualize a car even more and develop it according to the customer's special requirements and wishes?  In other words, plan and build a vehicle like no other. Our answer is the AMBIENC3 – the car to identify with. This is where retro meets the future: Sustainable. Low-emission. Congenial. With useful comfort. And above all: unique.

For our OEMs, this means more and more options in the customized design and development of their vehicles. Through individual functions, individual interior and lighting concepts, designs created individually by digital printing, and of course also the fulfillment of current sustainability requirements. The AMBIENC3 shows how many unique selling points can be presented in one vehicle.

Whether you drive yourself or drive autonomously, the vehicle of the future will be significantly different and much more versatile. In addition to driving modes, it will certainly offer you your own personal relaxation, work and entertainment modes. Design it!

Experience one of a kind – with the Ambienc3 and your chosen functions and designs.

… it would be a unique experience.

For love of the car.

As designers and developers of surfaces for vehicle interiors, we ask ourselves the question: How can we deepen the emotional bond between customer and car and manufacturer? The answer seems simple: By individualizing the car even more – in other words, by planning and developing a vehicle like no other. With ever more freedom in personal design. Special customer wishes are taken into account and implemented during product development. 
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Through individual functions, individual interior and lighting concepts, individual scars and, of course, contemporary sustainability requirements. The customer now drives a car with truly unique selling points. More personal identification is hardly possible.

Whether you drive yourself or drive autonomously, the car of the future will be significantly different and much more versatile. In addition to the driving mode, it will also offer individual relaxation, work and entertainment modes. Design it!
 

Experience one of a kind!

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