Thermal insulation ‘crucial’ to Vauxhall Cascada
Thermal insulation is a “crucial” element in the Vauxhall Cascada, as the manufacturer enters the UK convertibles market.
At 4.7m in length, the Cascada is bigger than the Audi A5 Convertible, placing Vauxhall in the full-size convertible segment for the first time since the 1930s.
Significantly, it is also designed to cater for the British motorist – complete with fleece-based thermal insulation inside its fabric hood.
This has acoustic insulation properties too, keeping out the cold and wet of the unpredictable British weather along with the noise of the road.
“Making the Cascada a practical year-round car, the hood can be opened in just 17 seconds at speeds up to 30mph by an interior switch, or via a button on the key fob,” Vauxhall states.
The thermal and acoustic insulation are a reminder that, even in convertibles, a commitment to managing the temperature and volume of the ride can make for a more comfortable drive.
In the case of the Vauxhall Cascada, this is achieved through the use of automotive insulations in the hood; however, it can be equally valuable to insulate against road noise coming up from beneath.
Through the all-round application of automotive insulations to any perceived weak points in a vehicle’s design, the comfort of the driver and passengers can be assured, and any potential compromise eliminated from the design.