Designed by SAIC General Motors experts at the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), the FNR-X combines the science and imagination of the Chevrolet brand while building on previous models’ high-performance and versatility. To showcase the off-road capability and performance of the FNR-X, PATAC designers and PPG color experts developed the “rhenium silver” color that gives the car a futuristic, outer-space look.
PPG’s silver coating complements Chevrolet’s golden bowtie emblem and mimics the look of high-gloss liquid metal, with a neutral color and silky pearl essence displaying metallic shades that differ based on viewing perspective and light. The rhenium silver color originates from PPG’s “Biocentric” color-story trend palette, a theme of PPG’s “Kulture” collection for 2020 automotive models. The palette’s unrestrained imagination and creative designs match the cutting-edge technologies of the FNR-X.
“SAIC General Motors is one of PPG automotive coatings’ most important OEM customers,” said David Cui, PPG product manager and market development director, automotive coatings, Asia Pacific. “We are pleased to team with them to develop exciting new colors. Collaboration helps us better understand our clients’ needs while broadening our knowledge of color styling and enhancing our research and development capabilities and service quality.”
Development of the rhenium silver color is based on PPG’s “sterling silver” color platform and the company’s leading automotive refinish technology. After more than 10 years of development by PPG’s Chinese technical research team for automotive OEM coatings, the sterling silver platform, which is manufactured through an eco-friendly process that minimizes harmful emissions, partially replaces electroplating with coatings that present outstanding metallic effects and flake orientation.