Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON) has taken the wraps off what it says is the first all-thermoplastic liftgate for a North American produced vehicle. Magna's Exteriors unit is producing the fully recyclable liftgate for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover.
|Switching from stamped steel to plastic enabled Nissan to shave 30% off of the weight of the liftgate in its Rogue crossover.|
The liftgate assembly is made by Magna Exteriors' Decostar division in Carrollton, Georgia. and is delivered to Nissan as a module for single-point installation at its Smyrna, Tennessee, assembly plant. The outer panel with integrated spoiler material is molded from a thermoplastic olefin (TPO) compound supplied by LyondellBasell Industries while the inner panel material is a 30% long glass fiber polypropylene (PP) supplied by Mitsui Chemicals group company Advanced Composites. The outer panel is 2.8 mm in thickness, while the inner panel is 2.5-mm thick. These major components are molded on 3500-tonne injection presses.
Additional grades are employed in the badge, license lamp trim, and washer nozzle. Overall, approximately 140 separate components constitute the entire assembly,