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2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Body Structure

Body Structure 2018 models have these body features: • Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure • Extensive use of high tensile strength steel (64.4%), including 36.5% in grades 780, 980, and 1,500 MPa • Roof attached with laser brazing ...

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2019 BMW X4 Body Structure

Share This:FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInPinterestEmailShare BMW will launch a lighter, next-generation 2019 X4 in July, and repairers can expect higher-strength steels and some aluminum in the body-in-white. “An intelligent material mix has made it possible to bring about a substantial weight saving, not just in the chassis design but also in the body’s construction,” BMW wrote in a news release. “BMW EfficientLightweight measures led to the increase in the proportion of aluminum as well as high-strength and ultra-high-strength grades of steel. This has made the body structure more solid than ever, serving up benefits for both vehicle agility and occupant protection. Additionally, the car has a significantly lower center of gravity which enhances the Sports Activity Coupe’s cornering dynamics.” A diagram provided by BMW shows aluminum elements including the strut towers and a small crossmember on the floor. Door rings, rocker rails extending back to the quarter panel, both kickpans, the suspension tunnel and a roof frame crossmember are among the ultra-high-strength steel parts. Multiphase steel elements include the floorpans and roof frame rails.

The 2019 BMW X4 has higher-strength steels and some aluminum in the body-in-white. BMW used an increase in the proportion of

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado; Steel and Aluminum?

Body Structure The Ford F-150 switched to an aluminum body in the model year 2015. Now, the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is up to 450 pounds lighter than the previous model through the use of mixed materials which includes aluminum.  ...

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2018 Jeep Compass Body Structure

2018 Jeep Compass Body Structure The 2018 Jeep Compass construction combines high-strength steel with other advanced materials. Occupants are further protected with seven standard airbags. Front driver and passenger airbags incorporate a three-vent system to ensure optimal deployment for occupants ...

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2018 Mazda MX-5 Body Structure and Airbags

Body Structure The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 uses ultra-high-tensile steel as well as aluminum construction in the body structure. I could not locate a table to explain the different materials used on the images below.  I safe assumption would the blue ...

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2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Cutaway

Vehicle Overview The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is made with advanced material grades, including hot-stamped, high-strength steel and magnesium.  In addition to strong steel, the hood and front fenders are made from lightweight aluminum, improving both handling and fuel ...

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2018 Toyota Tacoma Body Structure

Body Structure Toyota put ultra-high-strength steel 1,500 MPa-level steel into the Tacoma’s A- and B-pillars to protect occupants in the 2018 Toyota Tacoma. Every Tacoma has standard three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and ...

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Body Structure

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Here is a quick look at the 2018 Jeep Wrangler body structure.  One important note on the Jeep Wrangler, the integrated roll-bar,  which is called the sport bar is constructed of ultra-high strength steel.

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