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Honda Technology: Steel & Aluminum Bonding

Honda Technology: Steel & Aluminum Bonding

Honda has made a breakthrough with newly developed technology to join steel and aluminum, and have applied it to enable adoption of aluminum for an outer door panel, which had previously been made of steel. What this means for consumers is that this new process gives them the ability to create door panels that are steel on the inside and aluminum on the outside. This cuts the weight of the door panels by roughly 17%, which should reduce fuel consumption and dynamic performance of Honda vehicles. They also mention that "In addition, weight reduction at the outer side of the vehicle body enables [us] to concentrate the point of gravity toward the center of the vehicle, contributing to improved stability in vehicle maneuvering." This technology will be coming first in vehicles for North American consumption -- something that will certainly excite our customers here in the greater Edmonton area with our ever-fluctuating gas prices. (more…)

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