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Flax reinforced polypropylene in 2015 Volkswagen Golf

8 May 2014

Faurecia Automotive Exteriors is producing the carrier for the new Golf model's front-end module at its Puebla, Mexico, accessories facility, near the plant in Puebla where Volkswagen assembles the Golf. The carrier signifies the first production contract for the Faurecia Automotive Exteriors business group in Mexico.

Faurecia's front-end carrier provides the support system for the head lamps, engine cooling system and other critical components in the front end of the Golf. The carrier plays a vital role in helping ensure the fit and finish of the exterior of the vehicle as well as the proper function of the vehicle's driver assistance systems.

In Puebla, Faurecia has also installed a new injection-molding press at its Faurecia Interior Systems building, to be used by both the interiors and exteriors groups in manufacturing systems for the Golf. Faurecia Interior Systems in Puebla supplies the new Golf model's door panels, which include inserts composed of 50 percent polypropylene and 50 percent flax fibers. Faurecia's natural fiber polypropylene (NFPP) compression technology enables reduced cycle times through a one-step compression and covering process.

Additionally, Faurecia Automotive Seating is welding and assembling front-seat structures in its San Luis Potosi, Mexico plant. The structures include power seat equipment and manual mechanisms.

Volkswagen will also offer a Golf GTI version alongside the Golf and Golf TDI Clean Diesel models, in two- and four-door body styles. Production of the 2015 Golf models follows in the path of the vehicle's early heritage, since the original Golf—marketed as the Rabbit—was built in the United States before production moved to Mexico during the Golf 2's lifespan.


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