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PSA Peugeot Citroën on the quest for the best lightweight materials

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How do OEMs decide which is the best material for body closures? What role do the price and the material’s features play?

To help understand these issues better; Christian Roy, Closures Technical Leader at PSA Peugeot Citroën did an exclusive interview with Automotive IQ.

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PSA Peugeot Citroën on the quest for the best lightweight materials

  1. 1. Automotive IQ recently spoke with Christian Roy, Closures Technical Leader, PSA Peugeot Citroën, France, about today’s choices of materials and the constant balancing between weight and costs. Mr. Roy, you will present at our conference on doors and components in June 2015 and you will focus on the 308 SW’s plastic tailgate. Obviously the first question that comes to mind is why plastic and not other lightweight materials? Plastic is a well-known material for PSA with a long history of up to 30 years that started with Citroen. Obviously the plastic offers greats advantages in architecture reaching good weight savings and limiting the overall cost compared to steel. Did you encounter any challenges when designing or working on the plastic tailgates that are important to consider? Weight was the first challenge which lead us to innovative solutions. The second challenge was quality which lead us working on every detail for perceived quality, squeaks and rattles and gaps and flush. What are the challenges that body closures engineers face these days when creating new closure systems? If I have to resume with 3 words it would be: quality, weight and cost. If you were to give an advice to other OEMs regarding choice of materials for body closures what would this be? The first thing is to define the priority between weight and cost. If weight is chosen, two questions come immediately: What is the limit of the overall cost that you accept to pay? And: Is the process adoptable for new material? “…What is the limit of the overall cost that you accept to pay? And is the process adoptable for new material?”

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