Besides helping to improve safety through greater visibility, exterior lighting is increasingly becoming a central styling differentiator, believes automotive supplier Magna. The company’s new Breakthrough Lighting solution featured on the thermoplastic liftgate known as Litgate, is intended to combine the company’s expertise in exteriors and lighting while offering new ways to personalize and allow consumers to interact with their vehicles. Magna plans to have the technology ready for production in 2023.
“Our Breakthrough Lighting enables increased design freedom and features more options for brand differentiation that can elevate our customers’ experiences,” says Grahame Burrow, Global President of Magna Exteriors. “As the industry builds significant momentum around electrified and autonomous vehicles, we expect more desire for developments like this that are seamlessly integrated into exterior surfaces.”
Magna’s competitive advantage is its ability to create solutions leveraging a full-systems approach. Uniting Magna’s in-house capabilities in exteriors and lighting early in the vehicle development and design process creates synergies that allow for more holistic product development.
Breakthrough Lighting enhances the overall appearance as well as function of lighting by refining communication between the user, the vehicle and its surroundings including key differentiators such as:
- Breakthrough hidden-until-lit light effects
- Communicative, functional and decorative lighting
- Molded-in styling features and intricate textured surfaces
- Extensive color palette available, programmable to customer spec
Breakthrough Lighting technology is applicable on thermoplastic material surfaces including polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyolefins. Through materials, coatings and processing advancement, the desired lighting effects are achievable on various exterior panels.