ADAS grabs the headlines today, but let’s not forget about another vehicle complexity: advanced materials.
Jason Stahl discusses the state of advanced materials in vehicles today from the BodyShop Business AirPro Diagnostics Collision Garage at Babcox Media.
The amount of aluminum and advanced high-strength steel in vehicles is ever-increasing as automakers continue to meet environmental and safety standards.
No matter where your collision repair facility is located, advanced materials like composites, high-strength steel and aluminum are in your future.
This episode features BodyShop Business Editor Jason Stahl explaining how controlling the heat on today’s heat-sensitive advanced metals is critical.
We’ve come a long way from the mild-steel vehicles of the past. Technology is taking the collision industry in directions we never dreamed of. The changes we’ve seen in just the past few years are mind-boggling. And I do not believe the changes are going to stop anytime soon.
Nissan is debuting a new 980-MPa high-formability steel on the 2019 Infiniti QX50, which brings the total to 27 percent of high-strength steel in the SUV.
The Odyssey is comprised of 58 percent high-strength steel, leading to high rigidity and a lightweight body, according to Honda.
Visitors to the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will be able to learn more about the 2019 Ram 1500’s extensive use of high-strength steel in its cab and frame.
New E-PACE SUV Combines Ultra-High-Strength Steel, Aluminum, Composites to Achieve ‘Jaguar Dynamics’
“Throughout the vehicle body, the intelligent use of lightweight materials delivers the optimum balance of stiffness, strength and weight,” Jaguar said.
Honda said the Accord’s body is lighter and more rigid, and features 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel – the highest content of any current mass-produced Honda car.
Ford began using aluminum and high-strength steel on the redesigned 2015 F-150, which helped save up to 700 pounds of weight on the pickup truck.