Plastics Make it Possible® attended the 2012 Detroit Auto Show where new vehicles made their debuts, coveted industry awards were distributed, and the innovative use of plastic in vehicles was celebrated. Check out some of the innovative ways plastic is used in today and tomorrow’s vehicles to help make them more durable, aesthetically pleasing, and more fuel efficient.
All aspects of the bumper fascia are made from high performance ThermoPlastic Olefin.
The stitching looks incredibly realistic, but it's polyurethane plastic from a mold.
The Dodge Ram truck bed liner uses spray polyurethane truck bed lining to prevent rust and damage.
Synthetic polyurethane leather door treatment simulates the same look and feel of leather, but is more durable.
Ford demonstrates the innovative uses of plastics in their vehicles helping make them more fuel efficient.
To help make vehicle interiors more flexible and to reduce overall vehicle weight, automotive manufacturers are using lighter, stronger composites in the load floor, when required to fold out a third row of seats.
Plastics allow air bags to deploy rapidly in all temperatures without shattering on impact.
The Miray- Extensive use of carbon fiber reduces weight and allows for high performance.
The ZR Supercharged Corvette- Hood is carbon fiber reinforced plastic with a polycarbonate panel that reduces weight and allows you to see engine.
All body panels on Smart Cars are made from plastics.
Plastics help make Smart Cars super stylish and fuel-efficient due to dramatic reductions in size and weight.