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Laminated Glass Prominent at 2009 North American International Auto Show

Post Time:Feb 03,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:427

Numerous vehicles that were on display at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) tout laminated glass as standard or optional equipment in applications beyond the windshield, reports the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA). Those window positions include driver and passenger side windows, rear windows and roof glass.

New adoptions of laminated glass demonstrate the value that automakers continue to place on the benefits of the product. Since the year 2000, when the technology began to appear on luxury vehicles at NAIAS, laminated glass has been adopted by many additional vehicles including those designed to exhibit quality, yet be affordable to a wide variety of consumers. Notably, over the past three consecutive years at NAIAS, the vehicle named North American Car of the Year has included laminated door glass as standard equipment.

Vehicles on display included:

Bentley Continental 
GT Ford Mustang (roof)
Maybach 57 & 62
Bentley Flying Spur
Ford Taurus (´10)
Maserati Quatroporte
Buick LaCrosse (´10)
Hyundai Genesis
Mercedes CLS
Buick Lucerne
Lamborghini Murcielago
Mercedes S Class
Buick Enclave
Lexus LS
Mercedes CL500
Cadillac SRX (´10)
Lexus LX
Mercedes 400 BlueHybrid
Chevy Malibu
Lexus RX
Mercedes SL AMG Black
Ford Flex Limited
Lexus LS 600h
Saturn Aura
Lincoln MKS
Subaru Forrester (roof)

Concept Vehicles on display included:

  • Audi Sportback Concept
  • Chevy Beat
  • Lincoln MKT Crossover

"We are pleased to see so many new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show with laminated glass," said Pete Dishart, Director, New Product Development and Emerging Technologies for Pittsburgh Glass Works and EPGAA President. "Under the difficult economic conditions the industry now faces, vehicle content decisions are receiving intense scrutiny. It is gratifying to see that laminated glass provides a compelling value proposition to the automotive manufactures and their customers."

Laminated glass, automotive safety glass designed for greater comfort and security, is a high-impact resistant glass technology consisting of two or more panes of glass bonded together by a plastic interlayer or film that automakers and car buyers have trusted for use in windshields for more than 70 years. Laminated glass offers a variety of benefits, including acoustic improvement, weight savings of 12 percent over conventional tempered glass vehicle windows, enhanced security, and safety and solar protection. This application also meets all regulatory and industry standards for performance of glazing materials.

Source: prnewswire.comAuthor: shangyi

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