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2016 Civic structure employs 'first' partial in-die soft zones

The 2016 Honda Civic features selectively-tempered “soft zone” technology in the B-pillars and rear frame rails, allowing zones within a single frame piece to have more ductile properties than the surrounding ultra-high-strength hot-stamped steel. The technology minimizes parts count and saves 15.6 lb (7 kg) compared to the previous-generation Civic.

New Astra is Opel-Vauxhall's "no excuses" car

General Motors’ European duo, Opel and Vauxhall, have created a convincingly fresh design and engineering challenge to Volkswagen’s ubiquitous Golf and Ford’s Focus. It's no mean feat.

ThyssenKrupp explores steel innovations

InCar plus is the most extensive internal R&D project that ThyssenKrupp has ever undertaken, with more than 40 individual solutions geared toward cost-effective vehicle weight reduction without sacrificing performance. Timo Faath, General Manager Technology, ThyssenKrupp Steel North America, Inc., talks about the project and some of its promising technologies.

Hot-stamping process from Schuler employs flexible 'pressure controlled hardening'

The German equipment supplier’s new PCHflex technology reportedly allows economical production of hot-stamped parts with high output performance, part quality, and maximum availability. A U.S. car manufacturer has already placed an order with Schuler for four production lines to manufacture lightweight parts using PCHflex, which is also suitable for producing parts on heavy-duty vehicles.

Crash testing advances on many fronts

Traffic fatalities have declined significantly over the last several years, but the U.S. is on track to have its deadliest year since 2007, according to the National Safety Council. That’s shining the spotlight on crash testing, according to industry experts in a Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE.

Lighter, more powerful 3rd-gen Pilot debuts Honda’s NPD process

The 2016 SUV is nearly 300 lb (136 kg) lighter than its predecessor, yet maintains its high safety standard thanks to a new-generation ACE body structure and the available Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies. Honda also debuted its digital product development-and-manufacturing process with the new Pilot.

Magnetostrictive position sensors

MTS Sensors has increased the scope of its GB-Series of highly accurate, programmable magnetostriction-based linear position sensors, which now exhibit strong corrosion resistance due to their stainless steel design.

New-generation Audi R8: the race driver’s view

It is possible to look at Audi’s new-generation aluminum/carbon fiber-constructed V10 R8 supercar in two ways: its entire technology comprises 50% of the latest R8 LMS (Le Mans Series) GT3 racecar; alternatively, the racecar comprises 50% of the road car. Oliver Jarvis, Audi’s motorsport team driver, provides insights to both cars.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer maps out the future

Aston Martin is on a straight route towards the introduction of a pure electric model; the replacement of all its current sports cars, starting with the DB11 next year; the addition of a production version of its DBX crossover concept, and development of an all-new V12 engine.