Buick Interior Materials Testing Procedures
Have you ever wondered what makes the interior materials of your vehicle last so long? Or maybe on the other hand why it didn’t? Materials within a vehicle are just as fragile as your skin, and things need to be done to it very similarly to the way you apply sunscreen, bug spray, etc. Things like the dashboard and fabric of your seats all need to be built in a fashion that protects them long term, so that they stay in crisp, clean fashion for as long as possible. At General Motors they take this process extremely seriously, which is why Buick interior materials testing procedures are so intense.
The General Motors Materials Test and Engineering group is put in charge this process, and expected to make Buick’s interior built with high quality materials that will last far into the future. They don’t just do tests, they do experiments on different things to see what effect it might have on the material and also what might prevent those effects from happening. Everything from the carpet, to the upholstery, to wood and metal trim, to plastics and other materials are covered and sent through a strict testing process.
Sunscreen and bug spray might protect your skin, but it has negative side effects when rubbing off onto upholstery or the steering wheel. Perhaps the most detrimental thing to your interior is the sweat that your body is constantly producing. You touch everything in your car, and whether your hands are sweaty or simply filled with oils from touching hundreds of things through the day, your interior should be able to hold up.
Some experiments and tests that Buick vehicles go through include exposing commonly spilled things like the three aforementioned items, or even mustard and ketchup to different materials in the vehicle and then baking them in an oven. They place the materials beneath ultraviolet light for anywhere from two to six weeks and then analyze the results. They leave the materials in a glass box beneath the Arizona sun to see how real light and heat effect the vehicle. These tests and more all add together to tell engineers exactly what they need to change to the interior in order to make it longer lasting.
The result is the fantastic materials utilized within Buick vehicles. This doesn’t mean that you should look into applying your own protectant once you purchase a vehicle, but certainly do your research before applying any old product. If the sound of this impressive interior intrigues you, be sure to take a look at our Buick inventory and call us about setting up a test drive.