SABIC-IP, Hyundai jointly design 3D backlight for 'ix-onic' concept SUV using PC glazing

27-Mar-09
Hyundai Motor Company collaborated with SABIC Innovative Plastics to use latter's Exatec* E900 glazing featuring Lexan GLX* polycarbonate resin to create a distinctive 3D backlight for its new compact "ix-onic" SUV concept. The two companies have joined forces to design a sculpted, three-dimensional backlight with integrated roof- and vertical-spoiler features and an integrated high-mounted brake light. On each side of the rear window two vertical spoilers are integrated to reduce aerodynamic drag. The upper part of the window features a complex concave shape to make it possible to integrate the roof spoiler in the rear window. Also, Exatec glazing helped to include the third brake light in the upper part of the rear window. Finally, a 3D curvature surrounds the rear wiper to enhance its visual integration into the molded backlight. SABIC-IP's Exatec E900 glazing benefits from Lexan GLX resin's crystal clarity, virtually unbreakable impact strength and reduction of mass and weight. Injection molding enables complex shapes and integration of functionality such as the high-mounted brake light on the ix-onic. Also available in the new solar control infrared (IR) version, transparent Lexan GLX resin can prevent heat build-up through IR absorption, keeping the interior climate comfortable for the passengers of the car while maintaining fuel economy. To increase abrasion resistance and weatherability of the polycarbonate, Exatec plasma coating is applied to the part. The Exatec E900 coating system provides an extremely high level of scratch resistance, allowing a polycarbonate window to pass the driver visibility requirements required for a global vehicle. Prior to this, the two companies collaborated on the QarmaQ Advanced Technology Demonstration Vehicle, which showcased a panoramic wrap-around glazing area and C-shaped side windows.
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