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Laminated Glass Gaining Ground at 2007 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT, Jan. 12 -- More than 40 production vehicles on display at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) tout laminated glass in side and rear windows, as well as roof applications, as reported by the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA). Laminated glass has become a mainstream technology in the automotive industry, appearing on 36 vehicle platforms in North America today, compared to three platforms worldwide five years ago.

Automakers are turning to laminated glass to provide improved interior acoustics, safety, security and ultraviolet protection.

"The goal of the EPGAA is to educate the automotive industry and consumers on the benefits of using laminated glass in applications other than windshields," said Pete Dishart, EPGAA President and global product manager for PPG Industries, Inc. "We are encouraged to see that 90 percent of the top 10 automakers worldwide offer laminated glass as standard or optional equipment."

Automakers and car buyers have trusted laminated glass in windshields for more than 70 years. In addition to windshield applications, laminated glass is being developed specifically for use in side and rear window, and roof applications.

Below is a list of production vehicles on the 2007 NAIAS floor that offer laminated glass:

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<pre>   Production vehicles offering laminated glass as a standard feature:

  Audi A8                  Chevy TrailBlazer SS    Maybach
  Bentley Continental GT   Chrysler Aspen Limited  Mercedes S-Class
  [b]Buick Enclave [/b]           GMC Envoy Denali        Maserati Quatroporte
  Buick LaCrosse           Jaguar XJ               Porsche 911 Targa
  Buick Lucerne            Land Rover LR3          Saab 9-7X
  Buick Rainer             Land Rover Range Rover  Saturn Aura
  Cadillac DTS             Mercedes CL 550
  Cadillac STS             Mercedes GL

   Production vehicles offering laminated glass as an optional feature:

  Audi A4                  Mercedes E-Class        Volvo S-40
                           (Sedan & Wagon)
  Audi A6                  Mercedes M-Class        Volvo S-60
  Audi Q7                  Mercedes R-Class        Volvo S-80
  Chevy Malibu             Mercury Grand Marquis   Volvo V-50
  Chrysler Pacifica        Porsche Cayenne         Volvo V-70
  Lexus LS 460             Subaru Forester         Volvo XC70
  Lexus LS 600             Subaru Outback          Volvo XC90
  Mercedes B-Class         Volvo C-30              Volvo S-60

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Read the full article at: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2007/01/12/033883.html
 

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Do any of the above vehicles currently offer HUD? I hear that the Enclave is working on one.
Wayne
 

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This is sorta off topic, but where do you lookup Enclave news sunshadw??
 

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Gmoney_2010 said:
This is sorta off topic, but where do you lookup Enclave news sunshadw??
Only from the Acadia forum - GM Online Ordering Guide - Buick website
I was planning on ordering an Enclave in September, but the lack of HUD will probably make me wait. I also voted for the cooled seats in your poll, although not a show stopper. Summers run arround 114 (Dry Heat as we say) out here, and would be a nice addition.

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Ok thanks. I sorta forgot why i asked that. :eek:
 
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