Fully recyclable and 30% lighter, contributing to increased fuel efficiency.
AURORA, Ont. — Magna International Inc.’s Exteriors operating unit is producing the North American automotive industry’s first all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle.
The global automotive parts manufacturer (based in Aurora, Ont.) said all materials are entirely olefinic, therefore fully recyclable at the end of the vehicle’s life, and the liftgate features the first painted outer panel made from thermoplastic olefin.
The assembly is 30% lighter than comparable stamped steel systems, which contributes to the vehicle’s greater fuel economy.
Magna developed the liftgate in collaboration with Nissan, Hitachi Chemical and materials suppliers LyondellBasell and Advanced Composites Inc.
Assembly takes place at the Magna Exteriors’ Decostar division in Carrollton, Ga., and is delivered to Nissan as a module for installation at its Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant.
Magna Exteriors designs, engineers and manufactures bumper fascia systems; exterior trim; modular systems; class A body panels; structural components; and under hood and underbody components for automotive, commercial truck, consumer, and industrial markets.