Car Body, Interior and Materials
car body interior and materials

Strong, lightweight materials are helping the industry to meet customer and government demands for safety while helping to reduce weight and C02 output. This section provides information on innovation and design for topics such as the automotive cockpit, seating systems, door systems, roof systems, paints and composite materials such as CFRP, glass fiber composites, aluminium, magnesium, advanced high-strength steel, plastics, paints and coatings.

Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: 05/11/2017
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Innovation in the automotive seating market is moving at pace, with new concepts coming to the fore to meet new challenges. Safety and comfort remain priorities for auto manufacturers, but advances in ergonomics and biomechanics have offered designers new possibilities for seat function - aided and abetted by advanced electronics and computing power. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: 02/23/2017
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Rearview mirrors have been around for more than a hundred years, but few people are aware that the first rearview mirror fitted to a car played a pivotal role in delivering a race win! Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, mostly thanks to him fitting a mirror to his Marmon Wasp while all the other competitors had to drag around a “riding mechanic” to tell them when cars were close behind or coming up alongside them. Full Column »