The small, rectangular roof window is being outshone by more eye-catching designs.
Panoramic sunroofs stretching the length and breadth of a vehicle are becoming increasingly popular on both sides of the Atlantic, and manufacturers are reporting an "unbelievable" amount of interest in large sunroofs.
The sunroof has subsequently emerged as a key styling feature and can, in some cases, replace the majority of the roof panel. But, while novel panoramic glass roofs flood more light into the cabin, they can also introduce more weight, noise, solar control and cost issues.
This latest edition of just-auto's roof systems report reviews the key market drivers for vehicle roof systems, and updates market analysis. It provides an overview of the vehicle industry, and includes top level market fitment, volume and value forecasts through to 2013.
Chapter 1: Introduction - With the convertible segment expanding across all vehicle segments, it is no longer a preserve of the luxury class. Roof makers say that growing consumer acceptance, plus all-weather convertible top concepts will contribute to the market's expansion.
Chapter 2: The market - As glazing plays an increasing role in the overall design of a vehicle, manufacturers are looking for ways to use glass on other areas of the body. An auto executive told us: "We're seeing a lot of larger roofs these days in Europe. It is really being led by the French OEMs, in particular the PSA Peugeot Citron group.'
This chapter provides market shares and forecasts, plus a look at the main market players. Q&A's with Walter Pecho, managing director of Edscha and Brett Healy, vice president of business development with Webasto Roof Systems are also included.
Chapter 3: Technical review - Six years and 300,000 units after bringing folding tin-top convertible motoring to the masses with the 206CC coup-cabriolet, Peugeot has launched a fully redesigned 207CC replacement with a completely automated in-house roof and new engines developed with BMW. Learn more about roof trends, recent convertible innovations, roof modules and 'tomorrow's roof'.
Chapter 4: Manufacturers - This chapter provides brief profiles of the major roof system manufacturers, namely: Arvin Merritor, ASC Inc, Edscha, Heuliez, Karmann, Pininfarina, Webasto and Inalfa Roof Systems BV, USA, Europe and Brazil, and Asia.
Appendix: A statement from Karmann - Statement from Rolf-Peter Baule, head of Karmann's roof systems business.
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