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LOOKING BACK… (September 01, 2008)

The October 1983 issue of Canadian Plastics reported on the Fiero, the first production quality plastic body car offered on the North American market. Manufactured by General Motors (GM), the Fiero's ...

September 1, 2008   Canadian Plastics



The October 1983 issue of Canadian Plastics reported on the Fiero, the first production quality plastic body car offered on the North American market. Manufactured by General Motors (GM), the Fiero’s all-plastic body consisted of sheet molded compound for the hood roof, rear and upper quarter panels, and rear deck; and reinforced reaction injection molding (RIM) panels for the sides, front fenders, door panels, and rear lower quarter panels. A flexible version of RIM was used to make the full-width front and rear bumper fascias. To accommodate a production run expected to exceed 100,000 Fiero vehicles per year, sections of GM’s manufacturing plant in Oshawa, Ont. were restructured to provide the largest RIM capacity in Canada.


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