Laminated Glass Prominent at 2009 North American International Auto Show

January 27, 2009

More low cost, high volume vehicles offering technology

DETROIT, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — 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)

Additional manufacturers offer laminated glass on a variety of models. For a complete list, visit the EPGAA Web site, www.epgaa.com.

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.

About the EPGAA

The Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA) is composed of laminate and glass providers to provide information and overall education on the development of laminated glass for added vehicle security, occupant comfort and safety. For more information on the EPGAA, visit www.epgaa.com.

SOURCE Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association

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