Issue: Nov 2006


Solutia Automotive Brings In-Your-Face Color and Elegant Style to SEMA Vehicles



by James Hilton

Solutia Automotive continues to provide automotive designers the right tools to transform automotive glass from a standard commodity to a dramatic element of design. And, the heart-stopping results can be seen at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show on both the Dodge Nitro and the Jeep(R) Wrangler Unlimited.

The Dodge Nitro on display at SEMA is designed for maximum street cred with special body modifications, a 5.7 liter HEMI(R) engine, and bright purple window glass that brings out deeper purple tones in the Nitro's pearlized paint. The glass is Solutia Automotive's Vanceva(R) color system, which can produce glass in a wide array of colors to add character to any vehicle -- 1,500 colors to be exact.

"Windows are a signature feature of the Nitro that set it apart and differentiate it from its production brethren," said Ralph Gilles, Vice President, Jeep/Truck, Specialty Vehicle and Color/Trim Studios - Chrysler Group. "It has a performance truck theme and the HEMI and the stand-out purple glass make it more extreme and exciting."

Vanceva is a Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) interlayer that contains color and is laminated between two pieces of glass. It's a hard-working beauty that, in addition to color, brings benefits of intrusion resistance, solar protection and noise reduction. For automakers, Vanceva is a simple, yet highly versatile, drop-in solution that provides multiple benefits from design form through product function.

In contrast to the Nitro, which is aimed at the Tuner market, the Jeep(R) Wrangler Unlimited is, according to Gilles, a totally different story. "The Wrangler Unlimited underscores the luxury potential of the Jeep, yet has all the capability and functionality of an iconic Jeep," said Gilles. The body is painted in a special, luxurious metallic silver and the roof is painted to match the body. Uniting these elements is the vehicle's glass that shimmers with Solutia's LLumar(R) post-applied film. The LLumar window film gives the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited an upscale urban appeal and gives this luxury paramilitary vehicle an air of prestige for the rugged individualist.

LLumar is not just another pretty window film. Its performance features include reducing glare, reflecting heat and eliminating 99.9 percent of the sun's ultra violet rays. To learn more about LLumar films, visit http://www.llumar.com/ .

For OEM production vehicles as well as for the aftermarket enthusiast, Solutia Automotive offers innovative solutions for vehicle design and performance.

Solutia Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: SOLUQ) , an independent, publicly owned enterprise headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has a major presence in both national and international markets. Solutia produces Saflex(R) and Vanceva(R) brand polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers, that are used to manufacture the laminated glass used in automotive, architectural and residential applications throughout the world, and is the sole supplier o PVB for aircraft -- the most demanding application. Solutia's other businesses include nylon fibers, plastics, and intermediates; pharmaceutical services; window films for aftermarket applications; aviation hydraulic fluids; and other performance products.

At its inception, Solutia Automotive's side laminated glass was exclusively found on two high-end European sedans. Today, it can be found on 43 vehicle models, from coupes to full-size SUVs, by manufacturers from all over the world. Solutia Automotive manufactures interlayers used in laminated glass, and is not a glass producer itself. Information about Solutia Automotive may be found at http://www.solutiaautomotive.com/ .

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