Transparency Market Research Added A New Report "Automotive Sunroofs Market" And Its Full Database.
Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/04/2017 -- A sunroof in an automobile is an operable or fixed opening in the vehicle roof that permits fresh air and/or light to penetrate into the passenger compartment. Automotive sunroofs are either motor-driven or manually operated. They are available in various styles, shapes, and sizes. Nash Motor Company was the first automobile company, which offered sunroofs as a standard option. The company offered sunroofs as an option in some of its car models in 1937. When sunroof systems were first made available for wagons, SUVs, and sedans, they became successful instantly. At present, a majority of options of factory sliding sunroofs feature a glass panel.
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They are marketed as moonroofs. The term moonroof was introduced by a marketing manager at Ford in 1973. While most of the moonroof systems are electronic/electric, sunroof systems can be both electric and manual. Manual sunroofs are mostly lever-actuated, while electric sunroof systems are generally cable-driven by a motor, featuring some type of a sliding opening. A majority of the moonroof systems are electrically operated and either have combination pop-up/spoiler configuration or a pop-up/inbuilt. A wide variety of moonroofs and sunroofs have become common in both aftermarket and factory-installed offerings, thereby creating a diverse range of choices and features.
There exist various disadvantages associated with sunroofs. They require regular maintenance. Sunroofs are adjacent to the atmosphere outside, which leads to inevitable accumulation of dust, raindrops, and sand on sunroof systems. This causes aging of sunroof seals. Sunroofs are required to be regularly maintained by adding lubricant to the sunroof rail for ensuring smooth functioning. They need to be washed with water, brush, and soft detergent. Speedily growing automotive vehicle production due to substantial growth in the global population and vehicle owing household is steadily propelling the growth of the global automotive sunroofs market.
Further, sunroof systems have been witnessing widespread popularity among consumers as an aftersales customization, which is positively impacting the market growth. Owing to growing preference of buyers to vehicles with sunroofs, several manufacturers in the automotive industry are currently offering optional or in-built sunroof systems in premium as well as mid-segment vehicles. For instance, Vista Roof, which is a panoramic glass roof, has been made available with Ford Edge since 2007. Due to the growing popularity of sunroofs, Ford has made Vista Roof available in Flex, Explorer, and Mustang models.
On the basis of types, the global automotive sunroofs market can be segmented into single-panel sunroofs (SHD) and double-panel sunroofs (DSHD). On the basis of material, the market can be classified into glass and fabric. The glass material segment can be further divided into the following types: panoramic, solar, pop-up, built-in, tilt 'n slide, and top-mount. The fabric segment has been further bifurcated into removable type and foldable type. The glass sunroofs segment holds the leading share of the market currently and is expected to witness speedy growth during the forecast period. Based on vehicle types, the global automotive sunroofs market can be divided into sedan cars, premium cars, hatchback cars, and others. Additionally, the market can be geographically segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific is likely to witness the maximum growth rate during the forecast period, with China, Japan, and India emerging as automobile manufacturing hubs and key markets for car customization after sales.
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Major players operating in the automotive sunroofs market include Aisin Seiki (Japan), Webasto Roof Systems Inc. (U.S.), Inalfa Roof Systems Group (Netherlands), Inteva Products (Troy), Mitsuba Corp. (Japan), Automotive Sunroof Company (Canada), Erickson Auto Trim, LLC (U.S.), and Yachiyo Industry Co. Ltd. (Japan).
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