Plastic cars seen as Latin American gold mine

Pryweller, Joseph
July 1999
Automotive News;7/26/1999, Vol. 73 Issue 5830, p38
Trade Publication
Reports that investors are flooding Latin America in their bid to make inexpensive, easy-to-produce plastic vehicles. Plan by former Colombian international trade minister Carlos Ronderos to produce and sell a utility vehicle with a plastic composite shell; Features of prototype vehicles such as the WorldStar developed by Composite Automotive Research Ltd.


Related Articles

  • Silverado gets all-plastic pickup-truck box. Pryweller, Joseph // Plastics News;8/9/1999, Vol. 11 Issue 25, p4 

    Discloses plans of General Motors Corp. to launch an all-plastic composite pickup truck box by the year 2000 in the United States. Offer of composite box as option to Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck; Product features; Cambridge Industries Inc. as molder of cargo bed; Background of...

  • PLASTIC-INTENSIVE VEHICLE Déjà vu? Sawyer, Christopher A. // Automotive Design & Production;Jun2005, Vol. 117 Issue 6, p56 

    Provides information on building plastic-intensive vehicles. Background on the introduction of the world's first plastic-intensive production car by Lotus at the 1957 Earls Court Motor Show in England; Effort of the American Plastics Council to educate the auto industry to the advantages of...

  • The Plastics Dilemma. Anderson, Melissa // Automotive Design & Production;Oct2008, Vol. 120 Issue 10, p16 

    The article looks at the dilemma facing automobile parts manufacturers with regards to plastic components. The projected growth in automotive plastics usage is attributed by industry participants to the value of plastics in weight reduction to improve fuel consumption and end-of-life...

  • Interest in alternative energy sparks R&D for plastics uses. Hilgers, Lauren // Plastics News;5/28/2012, Vol. 24 Issue 12, p0014 

    The article discusses the development of electric automobiles in China, examining the effects of alternative-energy vehicle research on the Chinese plastics industry. During the April 2012 China Plastics in Automotive conference, Du Cao of the Chang'an Automobile Group Co. Ltd. said that...

  • Diablo resins take DSM under the hood. Esposito, Frank // Plastics News;10/14/2015 Fakuma Show Dailies, Vol. 27, pS004 

    The article discusses DSM Engineering Plastics' entry into the automotive market with nylon grades that use the firm's Diablo-brand high-heat technology. Topics mentioned include the Diablo materials that were used in headlight elements on 2015 models of the Audi Q7 automobile earlier in 2015,...

  • Automotive market brings optimism. Loepp, Don // Plastics News;1/20/2014, Vol. 25 Issue 42, p0006 

    The article discusses the resurgence of North American automotive market with new U.S. light vehicle sales expected to surpass 16 million in 2014. It cites 2 of the Plastics News Processor of the Year finalists Protoplast Inc. and Tech Molded Plastics Inc. which came through the Great Recession...

  • Suppliers must broaden sights on weight. Miel, Rhoda // Plastics News;10/10/2011, Vol. 23 Issue 29, p0031 

    The article discusses how plastics suppliers can work for the North American automobile industry to reduce the weight of automobiles so as to meet new fuel economy targets. The North American auto industry faces higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, effective in 2016. Dagmar van Heur,...

  • Tough car for all climates.  // Design News;10/3/88, Vol. 44 Issue 19, p28 

    A nearly all-wood vehicle that can cope with virtually all off-road conditions, whether in the arctic or at the equator, and is designed for production and use in developing-world countries, is how Africar International Ltd. describes its plywood-reinforced plastic car. Modular construction,...

  • A New Hardcoat for Automotive Plastics. Hayes, Rob; Bonadies, Ana Maria // Finishing Today;Dec2007, Vol. 83 Issue 12, p24 

    The article evaluates the silicone hardcoat for automotive plastics.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics