The Giugiaro Mustang, a concept created by Fabrizio Giugiaro, Italdesign Giugiaro Styling Area Director, debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a spectacular and unique glass roof system that incorporates the vehicle's front window, panoramic roof and rear window as one solid glass unit.

To achieve this dramatic look, Italdesign Giugiaro approached Saflex, a unit of Solutia Inc. to develop a special glass roof for the Mustang by Giugiaro.

The Giugiaro concept incorporates a Saflex polyvinyl butyral (PVB) glass interlayer that has solar-absorbing properties.
With panoramic glass roofs and, especially for the Mustang by Giugiaro concept, which has a large expanse of glass that extends from the vehicle's hood to the trunk, protection from the sun's damaging rays is important for passengers as well as interior vehicle components.

The Saflex interlayer absorbs infrared energy and radiates it back outside the glass. It also provides 50 SPF.

"The Mustang is a vehicle of dreams," said Fabrizio Giugiaro, automotive designer and Chairman of Italdesign. "In this concept, I wanted to incorporate dramatic visual effects and I turned to Solutia to provide the material that would make the all-glass roof a sleek and functional element of the vehicle's design."

See also: Global market review of automotive glazing systems - forecasts to 2012

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