Speakers in the headrests – a brilliant idea from the Mazda MX-5

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Anybody who can remember the woeful seats in a Citroen 2CV will recall they were probably borrowed from a picnic set and equally as uncomfortable.

Manufacturers have now turned the car seat into an art form. Mercedes pump warm air through the Air Scarf system at neck height – any number of luxury saloons boast massaging seats with heat or cool air.

We have seats that connect to the safety belt – others that electronically shift to preset positions for different drivers. Lumber supports squeeze from every angle these days.

The MX-5? Well, it has speakers hidden in the headrests. That may sound simple and quite obvious but it works exceptionally well on a telephone call.

Sometime the simple things are the most useful tools…

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