'Active grille shutters' find way into production cars

Published: October 3, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Automotive, Design

AURORA, ONTARIO (Oct. 3, 11:55 a.m. ET) — The North American auto industry is adding another piece of technology to its stable of fuel-sipping parts.

“Active grille shutters” place a louver system behind the thermoplastic front grille of cars. Those louvers open and close as needed to improve performance by either directing cool air to the engine when it is under increased demand, or close to improve aerodynamics. The active grille systems are gaining acceptance in North America, building on an established use in Europe, said Magna International Inc.

Aurora, Ontario-based Magna has launched production of its active grille shutter program on U.S.-made cars, debuting on Chrysler Group LLC’s 2013 Dodge Dart and the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, Magna announced in an Oct. 2 news release. The shutters are also set to appear on four more upcoming vehicles in the near future.

“Nearly every passenger vehicle introduced in upcoming years will have some kind of active shutter system,” predicted Bob Brownlee, president of Magna Exteriors and Interiors.


Comments

'Active grille shutters' find way into production cars

Published: October 3, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Berry's rebranded Blue Clover expands packaging design reach

January 23, 2015 1:59 pm ET

As design director of Berry Plastics Corp.'s rebranded packaging design studio, Scott Fisher believes the new name of Blue Clover Studios cuts the...    More

Image

Mexico's Polymer Solutions looks to grow, expand offerings with name change

January 23, 2015 12:03 pm ET

British biodegradable additives developer Symphony Environmental Technologies plc's Mexico distributor has changed its name from Plásticos...    More

Image

Gurit wins carbon fiber auto contract using new processing technology

January 23, 2015 9:22 am ET

Switzerland-based composite materials group Gurit Holding AG has been selected as the supplier for carbon fiber based automotive body panels at a...    More

Image

Recycling Partnership coalition kicks off its initial curbside project

January 22, 2015 3:51 pm ET

The Recycling Partnership's inaugural effort to boost curbside recycling around the country kicked off this week in Columbia, S.C.    More

Image

ACC's 'Roadmap' gaining traction

January 22, 2015 1:56 pm ET

Nearly a year into the launch of the latest effort to promote greater use of plastics in automotive applications, a trade group behind the push says t...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events