Automotive Industry Shows Off Latest Vehicles,
Concepts at L.A. Auto Show This Week; Glass Usage Continues to Grow
December 3, 2009
The Los Angeles Auto Show officially opens tomorrow at the Los
Angeles Convention Center, and, despite a tough year for the automotive
industry, the annual auto event promises several new launches of
innovative vehicles-many of which will feature expansive amounts
of glass, as in recent years.
|Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport Concept
One of the futuristic concepts to be displayed is the Honda Personal-Neo
Urban Transport, known as the "P-NUT," which is equipped
with an all-glass roof for maximum visibility. The company says
it was designed for city driving, specifically.
"The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging
and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around
the city lifestyle," says Dave Marek, director of advanced
design for Honda R&D Americas Inc.
The vehicle's windshield serves as a heads-up display for its navigation
system and back-up camera.
The new 2011 Hyundai Sonata uses a design element Hyundai calls
"Fluidic Sculpture," in which designers say they focus
on combining "the interplay of natural, fluid elements with
more rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion."
Using this method, the Sonata was developed to be long, light,
and low on the exterior, and is equipped with a third window on
each side that manufacturers say accents its long, sleek roofline.
Subaru introduced its Hybrid Tourer concept at the recent Tokyo
Motor Show, and will again show it in Los Angeles. Several automotive
news outlets have reported that the vehicle is equipped with a specially
coated windshield that helps reduce eyestrain under various lighting
conditions, but glassBYTEs.com has not been able to confirm this
directly with the manufacturer. (CLICK
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Lexus also will be displaying its luxury hybrid vehicle, the 2010
HS 250h, which was first introduced early this year at the Detroit
Auto Show. The vehicle is equipped with an infrared-reflective windshield
to keep its interior cool-the type of windshield that could be mandated
by the upcoming California Air Resources Board Cool Cars regulations.
|2011 Hyundai Sonata
|2010 Lexus HS 250h
|Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept
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