The VLF Force 1 — an all-American supercar developed by former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal and world-renowned automotive designer Henrik Fisker — debuted to critical acclaim at last month’s Detroit Auto Show. Enthusiasts were especially captivated by its handcrafted leather interior that was completed by master trimmer Dan Miller.
Seat airbags have complicated the work of many auto upholstery professionals, who are concerned that if they repair seat covers and the airbags underneath don’t deploy correctly they could be held liable.
Until recently, the issue was largely limited to front-seat backrests. However, in recent years, automakers have also begun installing airbags in rear-seat base cushions.
Audi made headlines last year with news that it employs a special “Nose Team” to test the scent of every fabric and material that goes inside its cars. However, it’s hardly the first automaker to rely on strange tests to measure and evaluate some aspect of its interiors. In fact, Ford Motor Company just revealed that it too engages in such experiments.
It’s not enough to sell and install convertible tops. Auto upholstery shops that want to distinguish themselves as convertible top experts should also teach customers how to care for their new tops and even sell products, like RaggTopp Cleaner and Vinyl Protectant, to help them do just that.
To get you started, we collaborated with The Haartz Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of convertible topping, to put together a one-page care guide that you can print and leave in customers’ cars.