HISTORY RECARO
An automotive history.

1906

Master saddler Wilhelm Reutter starts the development and production of car bodies, interior fittings and vehicle seats for automobiles in one-off production and small runs at his ”Stuttgarter Carosserie u. Radfabrik” body plant.

1920s / 1930s

The company produces car bodies and interior fittings for all major car manufacturers. Precursors and prototypes of the Volkswagen (later, the Beetle) are also manufactured by Reutter on behalf of the Porsche design studio.

1950

Car bodies, interior fittings and seats for the Porsche 356 go into production at Reutter in Stuttgart, Germany. By 1965, Reutter has built around 60,000 vehicles.

1952 onwards

Development and subsequent production of reclining seat mechanisms for various automobile manufacturers, including Opel, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen.

1963

Sale of the Reutter body plant to Porsche, establishment of RECARO as a seat manufacturer, manufacture of car seats initially only for Porsche.

1965

Launch of the RECARO sports seat: the world's first retrofit seat for automobiles is characterized by its revolutionary foam upholstery and distinctive side bolsters.

1967

The “RECARO shell seat” is the first road-legal, sporty seat made by RECARO. It sets standards for safety, lightweight construction and comfort with its body-hugging seat shell, adjustment options and foam upholstery.

1969

The previous RECARO sports seat is renamed the “RECARO Idealsitz.” At the same time, RECARO introduces a new trademark, which has remained unchanged to this day.

1971

A world first: RECARO unveils the first vehicle seat with an integrated seat belt – the RECARO safety seat.

1973

RECARO is the first manufacturer to offer the anti-submarining seat upholstery guide, which prevents the occupant from slipping under the belt in the event of an accident. 
 
Also making its car seat premiere is RECARO's extendable seat cushion, an added comfort feature for tall drivers.

1974

For the world elite in touring car motorsport, RECARO launches its first racing seat with an extremely sturdy double shell made of the fiber reinforced composite Kevlar – for top-level safety and low weight (6.5 kg).

1977

Groundbreaking innovations in ergonomics the new RECARO Airmatic® pneumatic lumbar support. Adjustable side bolsters on the seat cushion and backrest and RECARO's first electrically adjustable backrest significantly improve adaptability to individual requirements.

Acoustic comfort: under the name RECAROfonie, the company launches a seat with stereo loudspeakers integrated in the headrest.

1981

RECARO enters the world of commercial vehicle seats, unveiling the first driver's seat with a shock-cushioning system.

1984

A seat that remembers: the RECARO CSE extra comfort seat is the first to have a memory function.

1986

The first seat for taxi drivers, the RECARO T-Line, impresses with a seat cover that lets the body breathe.

1989

Innovation in novel materials: the RECARO A8 sports seat comes with a racing shell made of plastic.

RECARO launches its newly developed driver's seat for commercial vehicles, the RECARO Profi-Class, as a dedicated product line.

1990

Cool cabbies: the company introduces the RECARO taxi seat, the first car seat with ventilation (RECARO Vent System®).

1991

The RECARO Variomed is the world's first vehicle seat to provide asymmetrical adjustment options.

1995

The world's first racing shell with head protection: RECARO’s new Pro Racer racing shell revolutionizes safety standards in professional motorsport.

1998

Luxury in the back: together with the KEIPER company, RECARO develops the concept for the rear seat system in the new Maybach.

2002

RECARO becomes the first manufacturer to offer a racing shell that uses the HANS (Head And Neck Support) system, which protects the driver in the event of a serious accident.

2004

RECARO unveils the world's first retrofit universal side airbag seat with ABE for different vehicle models. RECARO launches the first road-legal racing shell, the Pole Position (ABE). Thanks to optimum shoulder and lumbar support, the models in this range are among the most popular shell seats.

2005

RECARO becomes the world's first seat manufacturer to revolutionize seating design with its new lightweight composite shell.

2007

The new Cross Speed is a seat that has sporty side support but also makes it easy to get in and out – developed by RECARO specifically for 4x4s and SUVs.

2009

To this day, it remains the world's lightest retrofit seat: the newly unveiled RECARO Pole Position Carbon (ABE) weighs just 4.5 kg.

2010

RECARO presents the Pure Seating concept seat for urban and electric vehicles. It has intelligent adjustment mechanisms and a weight saving of 50% compared to conventional seats.

2013

RECARO Automotive Seating unveils the P 1300 GT, the first racing shell with fore-aft adjustment, combining top-level safety with bespoke comfort.

2014

An innovation for commercial vehicles: RECARO Automotive Seating presents its newly developed vehicle seat generation based on a modular system.

2015

With the RECARO Sports Seat Platform (RSSP), for the first time the platform approach is used for a seating concept. The RSSP features an innovative combination of weight reduction and a customized look and feel.

2016

Looking to the future, RECARO Automotive Seating presents innovative concepts for electrified and comfort-optimized commercial vehicle seats – designed for autonomous driving.

2017

World premiere for the new modular, customizable RECARO Performance Seat Platform (RPSP).