Lightweight Garage #38 MuCell in Mercedes C-Class

©Rutger van der Maar, Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205

The Vehicle

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been synonymous with luxury and elegance for years. The car has a loyal customer base around the world and has established itself as one of the brand's best-selling models. In the W205 model, Mercedes-Benz has introduced new technology that gives the C-Class models an even higher level of performance. Mucell technology, which is used in the production of plastic parts, is revolutionizing automotive engineering.

The Technology

Mucell technology is an innovative method developed by Trexel Inc. In this process, a gas, usually nitrogen, is introduced into the plastic before it is melted and injected into a mold. This results in a cellular structure that makes the plastic lighter and more resistant. The cell structure created by injecting gas into the plastic is called "mucell".

Mucell technology has proven itself in various industrial sectors and is now also being used in the automotive industry. The advantages lie in their ability to reduce the weight of plastic parts while increasing their strength and durability. By using Mucell plastics, weight and cost can be reduced in the production of vehicle parts. This results in better performance, lower fuel consumption and greater environmental compatibility.

©GKCONCEPT, lightweight construction with MuCell

The Lightweighting Effect

One area where Mucell technology is used in the C-Class is the center console. Its use results in a weight loss of up to 30 percent compared with conventional plastics.

By reducing the weight of the center console, the overall mass of the vehicle can be reduced, resulting in better acceleration and higher speed. It also helps to lower the center of gravity of the vehicle.

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