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With its streamlined design featuring BASF’s exclusive ‘Mid-night Glimmer’ coatings, the Chevrolet-FNR concept car made its stunning global debut at the Shanghai GM Gala Night before last week’s Auto Shanghai 2015. The car’s special design is attributed to Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center Co Ltd (PATAC), a design and engineering joint-venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor, also known as the design and engineering centre of Shanghai General Motors (SGM).
The Chevrolet-FNR concept is powered by electricity. ‘FNR’ stands for ‘Find New Roads’, which means exploring unlimited possibilities. Adopting multiple cutting-edge intelligent technologies, such as self- driving technology, the car design aims at exploring the design and development trend for the future. The "Mid-night Glimmer” is a customised colur developed by the colour design experts from BASF’s Coatings Division in collaboration with the design team at PATAC. It is consistent with the car’s design concept and enhances the unique high-tech and futuristic design of the car.
Min Cao, PATAC Chief Designer & Advanced Design Director said: "PATAC and BASF have a long co-operation history in the development of automotive coatings. BASF has an outstanding technical team and a local colour design team in China, which are capable of developing special car colours and fits the design concept of PATAC’s designers. We will continue to work closely with BASF to create the fantastic future of car development.”
Dr Thierry Herning, General Manager of BASF Shanghai Coatings, added: "We are proud to contribute to the striking exterior design of the Chevrolet-FNR concept car with our innovative colour and coating. It can only be achieved by the joint efforts of our global coatings team. This is another success story of our excellent partnership with Shanghai General Motors and PATAC.”
The collaboration between SGM-PATAC and BASF in developing automotive coatings and colours goes back a long way. The two companies partnered in 2005 to launch the first waterborne basecoat in China. In 2013, they developed a unique Ice Cyan-jade coating for the Buick Riviera concept car.