11 August 2004

It’s official: modern cars are getting airier, as manufacturers fit bigger windows and glass roofs. The automotive glass industry predicts sales growth of 10 per cent by 2009 as new car designs and technology allows further use of glass on modern cars.

Supplier Asahi Glass said a modern Peugeot 307 SW (above) with a panoramic sunroof had 5.6sq m of glass – more than twice as much as a 1985 Peugeot 305 estate (right), which had 2.2sq m.

Future innovations from glass manufacturers will include automatic-tinting windows and water-repellent glass.

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