By creating the instrument panel structure for the new VW Golf 7 using microcellular foam, Volkswagen engineers have succeeded in reducing its weight by 500g, or more than 1 lb, versus the prior model of the Golf.
Roger Hillert, head of the Polymer Group at Volkswagen AG, said, "Appearance, light-weighting and cost are the biggest challenges in automotive cockpits today. Foaming has significant advantages for us. By using the MuCell process, we are saving material and using lower processing temperatures, with the result of a reduced cycle time. The finished part has less inert stress, and improved dimensional stability," he said.