driving: bells & whistles; seeing red on purpose - colored glass film
2002 choosing a color is usually the most daunting decision for car buyers.
Now buyers may also have to choose the window glass color of their car.
Over the past decade, the color of glass has far exceeded gray or green, becoming the next new fashion in car design.
Porsche has become the first car manufacturer in the United States to actively use new colors in its production models.
The retractable glass roof of the 2002 Porsche 911 Targa is dark gray made by Solutia Inc. , a St.
Louis glass and chemical manufacturers.
Until recently, the cost of producing all kinds of colored glass was very expensive.
The solution Tia method clips a layer of colored film between two transparent glass, then bake and melt the layers together.
The laminated glass originally used in the building is better at suppressing sound than the traditional colored glass, blocking more harmful UV rays and making it harder to break.
At the Detroit International Auto Show in January, several concept cars adopted new stained glass.
The Chevrolet Bel Air is a convertible reminiscent of the Chevrolet in the 1950s S. It has a red glass color that matches the red body.
Pontiac summer solstice is a lower-priced convertible with smoked gray glass to create a monochrome look with a steel gray body.
Ford used dark green glass in three concept cars, with a sharp contrast and bright yellow color.
350 Tonka pickup and GT40 sports car, one yellow and one gray. Rose-
Maybe color glass?
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A version of this article was printed on page F00010 of the National edition on July 5, 2002 with the title: driving: fancy;
See Red on purpose.