Evolution of the UnderCover Tonneau
Tonneau is a French term meaning cover, cask, or rear sitting compartment of a vehicle.
WHAT IS A TONNEAU COVER?
Tonneau is a French term meaning cover, cask, or rear sitting compartment of a vehicle. The term was originally applied to define the cover of the open rear seat on many early-model automobiles. These early versions of tonneau covers normally had a rear-facing hinged door and were made in two parts (frame and cover).
WHEN DID IT FIRST HIT THE TRUCK MARKET?
At the turn of the 20th century, larger trucks were introduced and the tonneau cover transitioned from a cover for the rear seat of an early model car into the truck bed covers we know today. During this transition, they were made of cloth or vinyl which uses a rib-like structure to support the fabric and keep it taut. Soon after the soft cover was developed, a hardcover was introduced to the market. These hardcovers were made of aluminum, fiberglass, and soon to be hard plastics.
HOW HAS IT EVOLVED?
UnderCover was the first in the industry with the revolutionizing ABS composite tonneau cover as of 2001. This type of composite plastic is characterized by many impactful qualities including:
- Excellent impact resistance
- Good machinability
- Excellent aesthetic qualities
- Extremely durable and scratch resistant
- Good strength and stiffness
- Superior fitment
UnderCover did not stop with their Classic tonneau cover, but developed the SE, and took it a step further with the SwingCase; an ABS swingout toolbox storage system. Then, in 2011 they delivered the first "paint-to-match" ABS hard tonneau cover, known as the LUX, and the hard-folding Flex tonneau.