NINE BRANDS TO SKIP FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

The organisers of one of the Big Three European motor shows, the Frankfurt show, has suffered a blow with the news that at least nine major automotive brands will not attend this year's biannual event. Brands that have opted not to attend the Frankfurt IAA show in September include Peugeot and DS, and three Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) units, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, as well as Nissan.
 

5 TECH HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2017 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Micro-turbine hybrid: a new breed of hybrid power that promises ultra-high performance but with remarkably low fuel consumption.
 

TOP 10 DANGERS FOR YOUR WINDSHIELD

Apparently only 29% of windshield damage is caused by stones and road chippings. Animals, mysteries and general mishaps are the real dangers. A fitting chain in the UK asked customers for the causes of windscreen chips and cracks. The list covers:
 

WATER-REPELLING GLASS … THE SEARCH GOES ON!

Scientists have been looking for it for years: the perfect way to repel water from glass. Hydrophobic coatings come near to solving the problem. They cause rain and moisture to bead, and airflow can then clear away the beads. They work best on flat glass that’s not exposed to abrasion (unlike windshields). Land Rover Range Rover and others have hydrophobic front door glass.
 

AGC EXPANDS IN DENMARK

AGC Automotive Europe signed the acquisition agreement for Danglas (Denmark) distribution activities at the end of March. The signing in Copenhagen was in the presence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who were on an official visit to Denmark marking the close relationship between the two countries.

CAR OF THE YEAR 2017: PEUGEOT 3008

It was a close contest but Peugeot 3008 edged out Alfa Romeo Giulia when the final votes were announced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The jury of 58 auto journalists praised the stylish design, space and functionality of Peugeot’s latest model for the booming compact SUV and crossover market.

BMW AND TOYOTA CHOOSE AGC

All tempered glazing of the new BMW 5-series station wagon are produced by AGC: Front door, rear door, rear fix, quarterlight fix and backlight.

AGC STEPS INTO AFRICA

The foundation stone for AGC Group’s first glass manufacturing plant in Africa was laid in Morocco on 15th March. Named AGC Automotive Induver Morocco, the project is a joint venture between local glass producer Induver and AGC Automotive Europe.

SLOWER GROWTH FOR EU CAR SALES IN 2017

Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by only 1% in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year, says ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association).

FOCUS ON CRITICAL ADAS WINDSHIELD ZONES

In our January News, we explained that AGC has taken the initiative to set up its own ADAS compliancy norms for replacement windshields.