To demonstrate that quantitative design criteria combined with computer analysis methods can facilitate the structural design of an automotive vehicle, two examples of computer aided preliminary design are given. The examples demonstrate analytical techniques applied at two different stages in the design process for a compact size (non-production) automobile. In the first example, analysis is applied to ensure that the front-end structure of the project vehicle is designed to withstand anticipated in-service loads. In the second example, structural dynamic analysis of the total vehicle system is performed to determine vibration response quantities in the passenger compartment. These quantities are compared with whole-body vibration criteria to assess passenger ride quality.