All-plastic liftgate 30% lighter than steel counterpart


Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON) has taken the wraps off what it says is the first all-thermoplastic liftgate for a North American produced vehicle. Magna's Exteriors unit is producing the fully recyclable liftgate for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover.

According to Magna, the liftgate is unique in that all materials are fully olefinic and therefore fully recyclable at the end of the vehicle's life, and it features the first painted outer panel made from thermoplastic olefin. The full liftgate assembly, weighing in at 24 kg, is 30% lighter than the stamped steel system used in the 2013 Rogue, which helps contribute to the vehicle's overall fuel economy increase.
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