A look at the future—as well as the past
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production
The challenge is easy to state but the execution is hard to pull off: Create an all-new midsize sport utility that can more than hold its own against well-established competitors like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, and new ones like the Subaru Ascent and the Volkswagen Atlas. Introducing the Palisade.
#Mazda #Honda #engineer
Demand for advanced high-strength steels will continue as carmakers launch more electric and self-driving vehicles, says SMDI’s Jody Hall.
Suppliers to the auto industry are paying hundreds of millions of dollars extra because of tariffs of 25% and 10% on steel and aluminum, respectively, says the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Assn.’s Ann Wilson.
Customers of Canada’s Martinrea International Inc. are moving from standard welded steel or hollow aluminum subframes to the company’s new hybrid system that integrates both materials.
Efforts to finalize local content rules for aluminum and steel are stalling attempts to finalize a new trade deal with Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
While there is certainly an almost unprecedented transformation in vehicles occurring, a research project that commenced in 2009 has some big implications for OEMs still today. It has to do with steel.
#engineer #body #Carbon
Aluminum alloy AA 7075 is almost as strong as steel but weighs only a third as much—a dream material to use for lightweighting, you might think.