Recent Automobile Development
In the automotive sector over the last 50 years there have been major improvements in vehicle reliability, fuel efficiency and passenger safety. Recent legislation has been introduced to reduce vehicle emissions culminating in the EU target for 95 g/km by 2020.
Meeting this target required improved engine efficiency but also significant weight reductions in the in vehicle bodies, the so-called “body in white”. In tandem with this, improved crash safety standards require stronger steels with high energy absorption capabilities to minimize intrusion into the passenger space during a collision.
This clip shows a model of a front end collision which illustrates how this is achieved in modern internal combustion engine vehicle design.