27 Dec '11, 1am

Honda focuses on weight reduction: Japanese carmaker Honda is making a concerted effort to reduce the weight of

Japanese carmaker Honda is making a concerted effort to reduce the weight of its vehicles. According to a report in The Nikkei , the company is adopting new design and assembly methods such as welding outer panels to the frame rather than assembling the ceiling, side and other panels – this will reduce the use of reinforcing materials and bolts. In addition, it is combining two steel sheets of different thickness into a single sheet and using thinner steel sheets that are heat treated to boost their strength. The focus of its early efforts has been on its new mini vehicle, the N Box. It wants to reduce the vehicle’s weight by 10 per cent and also lower manufacturing costs. Meanwhile, Honda hopes that weight reductions for its larger vehicles will be in excess of 10 per cent as it optimises the way it designs its new cars . See also Toyota and Honda both reveal new concept ...

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