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.

WINTER DE-ICING, SUMMER COOLING

In winter, this “heat control” glass de-ices thanks to a metallic coating electrically connected. No more scraping outside with frozen fingers. Just flick a switch to de-ice …and after a while, you may drive off!
 

THE ROAD IS A SOCIAL SPACE

In our November News we looked at research on self-driving cars and asked if they can ever adopt the habits of human drivers. Here are some more conclusions from the same research by Goodyear.
 

AGC STARTS THE YEAR WITH A NEW ACQUISITION

In order to consolidate its ARG activity (automotive replacement glass) in Denmark, AGC Automotive Europe is acquiring the distribution activities of the Dan-Glas company (Denmark). Located in Vibörg (Jutland region), Dan-Glas used to be a customer of AGC Automotive Europe and is specialised in distribution of premium brand windshields. It generated a turnover of € 2.8 million in 2016.

CLEAR VISION FOR ADAS

With the rapid development of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and the absence of industry standards, AGC has established its own ADAS compliancy programme for windshields in the aftermarket.

SIX KEY TRENDS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

With the end of the year, it’s time to start thinking of 2017. Here are 6 trends that will shape the car market next year and beyond…