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Panoramic Sunroofs Gain Popularity

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Car manufacturers are designing new models – particularly crossovers – with panoramic glass roofs, affording occupants better views and lighting.

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Ford has made the technology available on its 2008 Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, as well as on its upcoming Ford Flex crossover and Lincoln MKS sedan. General Motors offers panoramic sunroofs on several crossovers, including the Cadillac SRX. A power sunroof with a companion skylight option is also available on the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Buick Enclave.

Mercedes-Benz offers a better view of the sky with the R-Class and S-Class, and Toyota’s upcoming 2009 Venza crossover-sedan will also feature a glass roof.

According to Webasto Inc., a panoramic sunroof supplier, the number of these roofs could more than double in number by 2012 to approximately 700,000 vehicles. The company says that these tinted glass roofs, which usually have sliding shades, cost from $1,200 to $2,000.

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