Laminated Glass Gaining Ground at 2005 North American International Auto Show

Fifty production and concept vehicles on display at the 2005 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) tout laminated glass as standard or optional equipment (in applications aside from the windshield) in North America, as reported by the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA).

From being nonexistent at the 2000 NAIAS, to an approximate 150 percent increase over 2004, this growth clearly demonstrates the consumer and industry embrace of this automotive safety glass.

Production Vehicles Audi A4 Lincoln Zephyr - 1939 Audi A8 Quattro Maybach 57 & 62 Bentley Continental GT Maserati Quatroporte BMW X5 Mercedes CLS Buick LaCrosse Mercedes S-Class Buick Rainier Mercury Grand Marquis Cadillac STS Porsche Carrera GT Chrysler Pacifica Porsche Cayenne (roof) Dodge Durango Rolls Royce Phantom Ferrari Superamerica (roof) SAAB 9-7 Ford Crown Victoria Subaru Outback (roof) Ford GT Subaru Forester (roof) GMC Envoy Denali Volkswagen Phaeton Jaguar XJ Volvo S40 Jeep Grand Cherokee Volvo S60 Lamborghini Murcielogo Roadster Volvo S80 Land Rover LR3 (roof) Volvo V50 Land Rover Range Rover Volvo V70 Lincoln Aviator Volvo XC70 Lincoln Navigator Volvo XC90.

Concept Vehicles Ford Mustang Saleen (roof) Ford Mustang, Tiger racing CDC Glassback (roof) General Motors Opel General Motors Sequal Jeep Rescue (roof) Mercedes Benz Vision (roof) Mercury Meta 1 (roof) Nissan Azeal Saturn Aura Volvo 3CC

"The EPGAA has been working to educate the industry and consumers on using laminated glass in applications other than windshields," said Mike Sanders, director for DuPont Automotive Safety Systems and EPGAA President. "This rapid adoption is proof that automakers and consumers alike are realizing the great benefits of laminated glass."

Laminated glass -- automotive safety glass designed for greater comfort and security, utilizes a plastic interlayer or film composite that is factory laminated to multiple glass layers. 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.

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