Magna Sliding Window Innovation Selected as 2015 PACE Award Finalist
AURORA, ON -- Oct. 16, 2014: Magna International Inc. announced today that its PureView™ seamless sliding window has been chosen as a finalist in the "product" category for the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards.
The PureView seamless design conceals the vertical seams that mark the edges of conventional pickup truck sliding rear windows, creating a smooth opening when viewed from outside. The first-to-market design will debut on the 2015 Ford F-150 and sets a new trend for power sliders by reducing component needs and improving overall functionality and manufacturing efficiency.
Standard sliding rear windows typically contain three pieces of glass - left and right panes that don't move plus the sliding portion in the middle, all held together by a support structure that requires numerous components. The PureView seamless sliding window uses only two pieces of glass - the exterior surround and the sliding portion, reducing build componentry and complexity.
In addition to its streamlined looks, the window's two-piece design enables continuous uninterrupted defrost capability for the larger surrounding glass. The new design also contributes to vehicle weight savings, as the seamless power slider uses a lighter window control module.
"Magna continuously applies our innovation development process across all product areas and vehicle segments - we're always working on that next game-changing innovation," said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna Chief Technology Officer. "With the PureView seamless slider we seized the opportunity to lead the market with a desirable new design and improved functionality."
The Automotive News PACE Awards celebrate automotive suppliers' innovations in products, manufacturing processes and information technology. PACE Award winners will be announced at the 21st annual Automotive News PACE Awards ceremony on April 20, 2015, in Detroit, Mich.