Laminated Glass Prominent at 2009 North American International Auto Show
More low cost, high volume vehicles offering technology
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
- Lincoln MKT Crossover
“We are pleased to see so many new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show with laminated glass,” said
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