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Webasto Introduces Industry-Class-Size Large Polycarbonate Roof System

April 18, 2007

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – In the case of DaimlerChrysler's new smart fortwo, displayed at the Geneva Auto Show, Webasto's large polycarbonate roof system shows the positive growth and design modernization of going beyond the traditional "sunroof," according to Webasto. "The Pulse and Passion versions of the new smart fortwo vehicles shown at Geneva come with a lightweight, high-strength panoramic roof made from polycarbonate by Webasto," said Jean-Guy Cocaign, vice president, engineering, at Webasto Roof Systems, Inc. "With an industry-leading size of 13 square feet, it allows plenty of light to flood into the interior at the choice of vehicle occupants.” Testing, including crash and rollover performance and its sensitivity to temperature change, showed that, due to its extremely high impact strength, the 0.16-inch thick polycarbonate roof system offers a maximum standard of occupant safety as well as reliable protection against minor scuffs and scratches (stone chips, etc.). It also provides a significant cost saving versus a conventional glass roof and a 50 percent reduction in weight, according to Webasto. For improved esthetics and passenger comfort, the Webasto roof system has a roller blind that can be manually operated and left in virtually any position, leaving complete control to the passengers rather than using limited settings determined by the manufacturer. The black polyester material provides optimum sun shielding when desired, creating additional levels of interior comfort. Webasto has also created a glass tailgate for the new Volvo C 30. The tailgate module is composed of a glass panel, a carrier frame and preassembled add-on parts. The system is also supplied with the roof spoiler (painted to match the car's color), a wiper system as well as the opening handles. All interfaces between the car and the tailgate are adapted so that the assembly can be mounted on the car directly as a complete module.
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