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Prime traits – Q&A with Magna Automobile Prime Methods | Automotive Trade Interview
For a while, now we have noticed how the small, rectangle-shaped automotive roof window is being outshone by extra eye-catching roof designs. The design emphasis as of late is much less on the outdated tilt and slide sunroofs and extra on glass roofs stretching the size of the automotive and sensible mixtures of convertible and glass roofs. Magna Automobile Prime Methods, an working unit of Magna is a world chief of open-air roof programs. To be taught extra about traits within the sunroof market, we caught up with Uwe Behrendt, Director of Gross sales for Magna Automobile Prime Methods.
What traits are you observing in roof designs?
What we see in the marketplace proper now’s demand for retractable onerous tops is reducing. We’re nonetheless seeing retractable onerous tops within the tremendous sport vehicles like Ferraris. The mushy high, nevertheless, dominates the marketplace for luxurious vehicles and ‘regular’ two-seater autos. That’s not as a result of retractable onerous tops are poor, it is extra that the mushy tops are getting higher by way of efficiency.
We’re additionally realising sliding folding roofs are getting extra requested, particularly on the SUV market. That is because of the increased opening; the upper opening provides you higher open air driving than a panoramic roof with a smaller opening. So it is an ideal answer for the A and B phase vehicles in addition to for SUVs.
The place are the largest alternatives for panoramic roofs?
There’ll nonetheless be an enormous marketplace for panoramic roofs, openable as effectively mounted. We’ll see extra mounted panoramic roofs which supplies you the daylight however not the chance to open it. An enormous alternative for the panoramic market itself can be the smaller vehicles. Now we have a really excessive take price on the posh vehicles, notably in China.
Now we have seen just a few advances made not too long ago within the space of soft-top sound insulation. Might you give us an thought of how Magna is addressing this space?
Automobile makers are inserting a variety of deal with this space. We provide several types of insulation to realize a greater acoustic within the automotive. It isn’t essentially at all times as quiet as attainable, generally it is also to assist a sure sound degree. So with totally different layers/materials we are able to assist this, and clearly a two-seater may need totally different sound expectations than a four-seater luxurious automotive.
We not too long ago launched the mushy high for BMW – the eight Sequence. It has a powerful deal with noise insulation. Utilizing our experience, we mixed totally different supplies to create the proper cabin sound.
At the newest IAA present, we realized about new mobility options. To what extent will they impression roof design?
There was certainly a variety of deal with new mobility options but it’s a very broad time period. There are totally different facets to it. Simply taking the automotive sharing for example, we are able to think about that if individuals are utilizing not at all times the identical automotive that there shall be extra requests to decide on particular vehicles with particular roof programs. I consider there are individuals who wish to drive a convertible once in a while however can’t afford to purchase one, in order that is a chance for the convertible and even the sliding folding roof market.
In growing roofs for electrical vehicles, what are the particular concerns?
What we’re speaking proper now about electrical vehicles and sound is one other essential level. As a result of you’ve gotten much less noise from the drivetrain, from the powertrain, so that you hear various things. So, squeak and rattle may be extra within the focus since you hear different sounds. What we additionally see for electrical vehicles is weight discount and bundle. So the bundle necessities stay difficult, even you may think about there is no engine so there ought to be extra space for the roof, however the area shall be used for different issues. For the cabin noise, there’ll nonetheless be a deal with it.
What’s your imaginative and prescient of roof designs in a Degree 5 automotive?
As we speak, there is a component of pleasure driving a automotive with a mushy high or panoramic glass roof. When you do not drive anymore, nevertheless, then there would be the pleasure of being pushed for all car occupants. Whereas I can nonetheless think about that there shall be a glass roof – primarily based on right now’s idea vehicles with openable and glued designs – we must always anticipate to see the Degree 5 automotive that includes a ‘campfire’ seating association with displays and shows built-in into the roof.
Though photo voltaic cells on automotive roofs stay topical, such novelties have but to achieve mass-market enchantment. What’s your view?
Photo voltaic cells are making some sense and if it could possibly be actually used to recharge the battery that might be one other step. However we’re not on the stage that this actually is presently an possibility, however it may be used to provide some extra power for air-con or different electrical masses. Subsequently, we anticipate that there shall be some photo voltaic cells on the roofs sooner or later, and we all know in our discussions that there shall be. Additionally it is a form of a philosophy of the automotive maker, in the event that they need to have it, and offers this benefit of some extra power as a result of it’s not actually essential, but it surely’s possibly alternative within the automotive within the areas the place there’s a variety of solar and the automotive is standing on the airport for 2 days or so and might a minimum of be used to maintain the battery contemporary or give some power for different issues to recharge.