Magna’s completely recyclable thermoplastic liftgate, developed with FCA for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, has collected several industry awards, including first place in the body exterior category at both the European and North American Society of Plastics Engineers automotive innovation awards and the Unsurpassed Innovation Award at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.
“Working very collaboratively with FCA, we were able to help them replace their previous steel liftgate with a thermoplastic one within a short 18-month timeframe,” said Magna Exteriors Global Product Line Director for Liftgates Riad Chaaya. “This led to a 28 percent mass reduction for the liftgate assembly and enabled greater design freedom.”
The Cherokee liftgate module is the first high-volume application of an all thermoplastic liftgate produced in one location. It is also the first industry use of infrared welding behind a visible exterior surface, which enables structural performance, faster processing and improved dimensional performance.
From a production standpoint, automakers can also benefit from Magna’s full-system assembly and delivery approach, including reduced complexity of the total liftgate module, lower tooling investment and increased throughput at the assembly plant.
Magna & Profibusiness.world
January 08, 2019