WOLFSBURG, GERMANY (March 28, 11 a.m. ET) — Volkswagen Group has lightened the instrument panel structure of the new VW Golf 7 by 500 grams by using the MuCell process from Trexel Inc.
“The instrument panel on the former model of the Golf weighed 3 kilograms … and the 500 grams taken out of the weight of the new Golf 7 instrument panel is just a start toward even more significant weight reductions to come,” Steve Braig, president and CEO of Trexel, said in a statement.
The process saves material and lowers processing temperatures, says the company. The finished part is said to have less inert stress and improved dimensional stability.
The VW Golf 7 is the second vehicle where the instrument panel is made using the MuCell process, joining the Ford Escape/Kuga IP.