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Automotive Infotronics Private Limited (AIPL is a Joint Venture between Ashok Leyland, India and Continental AG, Germany) has been working on a body control solution for the commercial vehicle segment over the last few years. The units developed meet the stringent IP66 ingress protection requirement (dust and water) for Indian market applications. Due to the “closed” nature of the enclosure, thermal design for the device is done in such a way so that heat can be dissipated through the metallic enclosure. The electronic design is modular so that a variety of applications can be handled with the same basic design. Finally, a big step is taken in the creation of the application software that is fully model-based and “auto-coded” . With the adoption of model-based design, this unit makes itself completely flexible where a host of customer specific (and/or customer owned) strategies can be seamlessly integrated with the basic application software. This paper will discuss the details of mechanical, electronics and function/software design details for this body control unit.