Patent Number: 6,254,165

Title: Tonneau cover and decklid linkage and drive system

Abstract: A tonneau cover connected by a power driven linkage to the decklid of a vehicle is disclosed. The tonneau cover is movable from an extended position covering a storage well for a convertible top or retractable hardtop of a vehicle to a tonneau stowed position wherein the tonneau cover is suspended below the decklid of the vehicle. The linkage system includes right and left side linkages each of which include a four bar link made up of the tonneau cover, a cylinder mounting bracket, a front control link and a rear control link. The linkage is driven by a hydraulic cylinder through an arc of approximately 180.degree.. The hydraulic cylinder is movably mounted on a cylinder rod that is mounted to the decklid.

Inventors: Neubrand; Frank G. (Bloomfield, MI)

Assignee: CTS Fahrzeug Dachsysteme GmbH

International Classification: B60J 7/20 (20060101); B60J 7/00 (20060101); E05F 15/04 (20060101); E05F 15/00 (20060101); E05D 3/00 (20060101); E05D 3/06 (20060101); B62D 025/10 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018