HELLA Equips New BMW X6 With Light Technology

New production process for the low profile light guide of the LED tail light

Aug 28, 2012, 09:56 ET from HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.

LIPPSTADT, Germany, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HELLA, a leading supplier in automotive lighting and electronics components and systems, has helped provide a facelift for the BMW X6. 

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Introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the BMW X6 went on sale in Europe in June. HELLA has LED Tail Lights, Xenon headlights and interior lighting and fog lights on this vehicle. Additional HELLA content includes intelligent battery sensors, rain and light sensors and overhead control units.

The tail light on the new Sports Activity Coupe was redesigned by replacing the horizontal light guide rods from the previous model with low profile light guides.  The new design creates the impression of floating light strips. The change also produces a more distinctive appearance for the vehicle, especially at night, with its light signature.  It follows the contemporary design philosophy that is typical of BMW and has already been implemented on other models such as the 5 Series. The tail lamp's light strips show a predominantly high homogeneity in the rear light function, achieved by a new manufacturing process.

The new process utilizes vibration welding with infrared preheating to attach the low profile light guides directly to the lens. Infrared preheating enables a very clean and uniform welding connection with little or no visibility compared to noticeable welding foam.

The Xenon headlights, interior lighting and fog lights on the new Sports Activity Coupe resemble those of the previous model with the exception of the fog lights, positioned further apart with a matte lacquer border. 

This is the first redesign of the BMW X6 since its launch in 2008.  Since then, the Munich-based automaker has sold 150,000 of these models.  The focal point for the redesign of the Sports Activity Coupe was made with discreet changes in order to maintain the success of the model.

About HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.:

HELLA is a global, independent family-owned company with more than 27,000 employees at 70 locations in more than 30 countries. The HELLA Group develops and manufactures lighting and electronic components and systems for the automotive industry and is one of the largest trade organizations for automotive parts, accessories, diagnosis and services within Europe.

In addition, HELLA joint-venture companies produce complete vehicle modules, air-conditioning systems and vehicle electric systems. With more than 4,800 people working in research and development, HELLA is one of the most important innovation drivers in the market. With sales of 4.8 billion euros in fiscal year 2011/2012, the HELLA Group is one of the top 50 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest German industrial companies.  Additional information about HELLA is available at www.HELLA.com.