Stockdorf, GERMANY -- Webasto looks at cars the way a hammer looks at a nail.
“At Webasto our feeling is that a car without a roof that opens is not complete,” said Jan Henning Mehlfeldt, a member of the supplier's board of management.
The German supplier, which already has an estimated 48 percent share of the global passenger car roof systems market, will showcase products it expects to be fitted into the vast majority of vehicles in the near future at the IAA Mobility show in Munich next month.
Webasto executives provided Automotive News Europe a preview of its systems in Stockdorf, southwest of Munich, ahead of the show, which starts Sept. 4.
Maximilian Hofbeck, Webasto's director of product management, said the company expects that 80 to 90 percent of future vehicles will have roofs with ambient lighting and segmented switchable glazing. Webasto, which will start series production of roofs with both features in 2025, wants to capitalize on this trend.