The Hyundai QarmaQ concept presented at the 2007 Geneva
Motor Show was built in conjunction with GE Plastics who
helped in creating the mostly plastic and composite-construction
QarmaQ. The concept helps to demonstrate the design freedom
and practicality of using plastics in components traditionally
manufactured from metal, glass, and thermosets.
Among the benefits of using materials from GE Plastics
in constructing the QarmaQ are a weight reduction of up
to 60 kg that can offer an average fuel savings of up
to 80 litres/year; improved pedestrian safety; and the
ability to create complex, 3D shapes.
Energy-absorbing structures and the natural properties
of GE's plastics are seamlessly integrated into the futuristic
styling of the Hyundai QarmaQ. Different impact zones
on the car correlate to the various areas of a pedestrian's
body likely to be contacted in a collision.
Movable side glazing and a panoramic sunroof help treat
the occupants to an all-around open-air experience, Lexan
side glazing is specially treated to provide an abrasion-resistant
and weatherable glass-like layer on the surface.
The Integrated lift gate of the Hyundai QarmaQ was designed
as a working subassembly, the rear lighting, wiring, sensors,
and all the necessary electronics are integrated into
the lift gate. The dramatically shaped glazing demonstrated
on the system is made from material found on the side
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