AGRR Magazine

Glass Has Its Role in Detroit Show

The North American International Auto Show is winding up its preview days and getting ready to open its doors to the general public. Perhaps the largest auto show in the world, NAIAS, commonly referred to as the Detroit show, has all the vehicle producers from around the world strutting their stuff in stiff competition to get attendees' attention.

Approximately 60 new production and concept vehicles are on display in Cobo Hall this year. What is happening on the show floor? Hybrid is hot. Styling is supreme.

What about the glass? As might be expected in a market where glass is playing an increasingly important role in vehicles, the Detroit show emphasizes this trend with the use of more laminated glass sidelites to keep interiors quieter and more fold-up roofs to allow drivers to have the advantages of both sedans and convertibles.

While the Toyota FT-HS sports car is making one of the biggest splashes at the show, the company's similar FT-SX concept sedan has a powerful V6 engine, all-wheel drive, 21-inch wheels, four doors, an inventive rear hatch and multi-functional glass roof that makes it incredibly versatile.

The rear hatch opens in three different ways--the upper and lower glass hatches pivot up and down, respectively, and the glass roof is composed of two panels that slide toward the center, thus doubling as a rear sunroof.

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