News Release - Magna's Industry-First Thermoplastic Rear Swing Doors Hit the Market
- Thermoplastic swing doors launch on Volkswagen’s ID. Buzz
- First-to-market technology increases styling flexibility and brand differentiation
- 20 to 30 percent lighter than equivalent steel solutions
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The doors that contain recycled materials are 20 to 30 percent lighter than traditional steel solutions, helping reduce the overall weight of the vehicle, optimizing range, and reducing the opening effort for consumers. Additionally, by using thermoplastic resin material, vehicle designers have more styling freedom for sharper detailing, undercut surfaces and tighter radii, which enables greater brand differentiation. With the use of thermoplastics, the spoiler is now integrated into the swing doors which reduces cost, creates a cleaner appearance and improves vehicle aerodynamics.
“Lightweight components are increasingly important with the shift to electrification, and we see an ever-growing demand for new access solutions,” said
From carrying cargo to working on the job site, consumers have the option to choose their preferred method of rear access to fit their lifestyle; a traditional liftgate or split swing doors. Both thermoplastic solutions are supplied as ready-to-install modules. This helps to reduce production time and improve line efficiency while saving on cost.
With the current trend towards electric vehicles, some analysts project the thermoplastic liftgate market could grow up to 15% by 2028. Magna’s expertise in materials, component integration, and design positions the company well to take advantage of this growing product area.
Thermoplastic liftgates, lightweighting, swing doors, exteriors, electrification
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