Patent Number: 7,950,719

Title: Vehicle dual hinge rear door articulating and sliding system

Abstract: A vehicle rear door articulating and sliding mechanism including an articulating hinge assembly having a hinge arm pivotally mounted to a vehicle C-pillar at one end thereof, and a vehicle rear door pivotally and slidably mounted to the hinge arm at an opposite end of the hinge arm. A guide track may be mounted to the rear door, and a slide block may be pivotally mounted to the hinge arm and slidably attached to the guide track. The hinge arm may be disposed at first and second angular positions relative to the guide track when the rear door is respectively disposed in closed and opened positions, and the slide block may be disposed at first and second positions along a length of the guide track when the rear door is respectively disposed in the closed and opened positions, to thus provide articulating and sliding movement of the rear door.

Inventors: Elliott; Adrian N. A. (Dearborn, MI), Johnson; Justin T. (Dearborn, MI), Falenski; Jason (Berkley, MI), Blust; Craig (Oakland, MI)

Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC

International Classification: B60J 5/06 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-05-31 0:00:00