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Sunroofs Get Upgraded - It's Not Your Fathers Sunroof


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Washingtron DC September 10, 2007; The AIADA newsletter reported that while much has been made of the resurgence of retractable metal hardtops, many of this fall's new models will stake their claims to novelty on skylights.

The New York Times reports that one of the most striking recent efforts with roof glass is offered on the Opel Astra GTC in Europe. The panoramic windshield sweeps from the rear edge of the hood to the roof pillar behind the driver's head.

When Opel first showed the widescreen windshield, the designer boasted that it would bring passengers a new sense of space — like flying.

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Other innovations include the canvas Sky Slider top on the new 2008 Jeep Liberty. Recalling the roofs of ancient models like the CitroŽn 2CV, the Sky Slider slides forward or backward to open the passenger compartment to sun and sky.

Another substitute for glass is on the Mini Cooper, which offers the option of a double sunroof with sliding screen mesh panels.

Of course, as in real estate, a view will cost you: Jeep's Sky Slider option lists for $1,200; the Ford Edge's Vista Roof goes for $1,395.