Plastics Make It Possible® at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Plastic carbon composite spoiler on the back of Audi R8 GT

Plastics Make it Possible® attended the 2012 Detroit Auto Show where new vehicles made their debuts, coveted industry awards were distributed, and the innovative use of plastic in vehicles was celebrated. Check out some of the innovative ways plastic is used in today and tomorrow’s vehicles to help make them more durable, aesthetically pleasing, and more fuel efficient.

Chevy Volt

All aspects of the bumper fascia are made from high performance ThermoPlastic Olefin.


The stitching looks incredibly realistic, but it's polyurethane plastic from a mold.

The Dodge Ram truck bed liner

The Dodge Ram truck bed liner uses spray polyurethane truck bed lining to prevent rust and damage.

Explore Door Made with PU to simulate leather

Synthetic polyurethane leather door treatment simulates the same look and feel of leather, but is more durable.

Ford Explorer Cut in Half

Ford demonstrates the innovative uses of plastics in their vehicles helping make them more fuel efficient.

Load Floor made with plastic composites

To help make vehicle interiors more flexible and to reduce overall vehicle weight, automotive manufacturers are using lighter, stronger composites in the load floor, when required to fold out a third row of seats.


Plastics allow air bags to deploy rapidly in all temperatures without shattering on impact.

The Miray

The Miray- Extensive use of carbon fiber reduces weight and allows for high performance.

ZR Supercharged Corvette

The ZR Supercharged Corvette- Hood is carbon fiber reinforced plastic with a polycarbonate panel that reduces weight and allows you to see engine.

Smart Car Body Panels

All body panels on Smart Cars are made from plastics.

Smart Cars and Plastics

Plastics help make Smart Cars super stylish and fuel-efficient due to dramatic reductions in size and weight.