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October 20, 2004

UK: Volvo launches water-repellant glass option

Volvo UK is launching Water Repellent Glass (WRG) to improve visibility and help prevent accidents when driving in wet weather. The WRG treatment, indicated by a water droplets icon on the glass, prevents rainwater from impairing visibility on front side windows and door mirrors.

By bcusack

Volvo UK is launching Water Repellent Glass (WRG) to improve visibility and help prevent accidents when driving in wet weather. The WRG treatment, indicated by a water droplets icon on the glass, prevents rainwater from impairing visibility on front side windows and door mirrors.

On the WRG side windows, which are made of laminated glass for protection and safety, water forms as tiny pearls of moisture which are blown away as the car increases speed, leaving the glass panel clearer and cleaner. The WRG treatment should last for five to six years and can then be recoated, as well as retro-fitted to any model.

The WRG on the door mirrors uses a different method to disperse the water. Instead of forming droplets, the water spreads evenly across the entire glass surface to maintain a clearer view. In poor weather this process will be speeded up when using heated door mirrors with WRG. As door mirrors are not exposed to the same wear and tear as the side windows, the WRG treatment will last the lifetime of the mirror and no re-treatment is necessary.

WRG is available on Volvo’s S60, V70, XC70, S80 and XC90 models.

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