The soft-top version of the Corvette Stingray was unveiled during the
Geneva Motor Show
Acton, Mass. (March 07, 2013) – The Haartz Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of soft top convertible material, announced today it is supplying the convertible topping for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. After the dramatic unveiling of the Corvette Stingray at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the soft-top version was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. It is expected to arrive in dealerships later this year.
The Corvette Stingray convertible top is made with Haartz’s acoustically enhanced three-ply composite material layered with an acrylic twill weave outer fabric, a rubber inner layer and a polyester lining fabric. This unique material composition is designed to endure all temperature variations and weather conditions and allows drivers to enjoy a truly all-season vehicle.
“With the warm welcome the hard-top version received in Detroit, Haartz is excited to be involved new model of the Corvette bearing the iconic Stingray name,” said Matt Williams, director of business development. “We consider our work with Chevrolet on the Corvette to be leading edge, always trying to increase the performance level Chevrolet offers with every convertible.“
Haartz convertible toppings are engineered to dispel the misconceptions of soft top convertibles. Combining the latest in textile and plastics technology, Haartz materials offer benefits on par with both coupes and retractable hard tops including all-season driving and superior acoustical and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) performance, as well as optimized trunk space when the top is down.
A full-range of customizable laminates allows Haartz to meet the strictest OEM specifications and design targets with lower-cost engineering and manufacturing compared to retractable hardtop designs. Haartz laminates give the automaker the ability to maintain the distinctive appearance of open-air vehicles, top up or down.
About The Haartz Corporation
The Haartz Corporation (Haartz) is the leading manufacturer of convertible topping for automakers across the globe. In addition to convertible and sport-utility topping, Haartz supplies automotive exterior trim including laminates for truck tonneau covers, tire- and nose-covers, and the recently introduced DefenZall™ paint protection film. Haartz also offers a full portfolio of automotive interior trim including moldable coverstocks for door panels, instrument panels and console lids, along with a line of artificial leather for seating, door panel and shift-boot applications.
Haartz has been a trusted automotive supplier since 1907, and continues to be privately owned and operated by the Haartz family. The company’s headquarters in Acton, Mass., is also home to its North American manufacturing operations. Along with European manufacturing in Mannheim, Germany, Haartz maintains a global presence with sales offices in Detroit, Munich, Tokyo, Delhi and Beijing, employing 400 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.haartz.com.