Honda and BMW Awarded for Body Engineering

Word out of Bad Nauheim, Germany, where the EuroCarBody 2017, the 19th Global Car Body Benchmarking Conference, was recently held, is that Honda and BMW both took top ranking in their categories in the EuroCarBody Awards.

Word out of Bad Nauheim, Germany, where the EuroCarBody 2017, the 19th Global Car Body Benchmarking Conference, was recently held, is that Honda and BMW both took top ranking in their categories in the EuroCarBody Awards.

The 10th-generation Accord won in the “Volume” category and the new 6 Series GT took the trophy in the “Premium” category.

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The awards are determined by both attendees at the conference (over 550 car body engineers attended) and by an international OEM Advisory Board to the conference. Information about the car bodies is presented, then there are four technical categories that are assessed, as well as the quality of the presentation.

The Accord scored marks for its attention to improvements in crash safety and stiffness, as well as for cost-effective steel solutions and efficient production operations. Even though the body for the 10th generation is larger than that of the 9th, it is 18.8 kg (41.45 pounds) lighter.

2018 Honda Accord 1.5T Touring

The Accord received 37.82 points out of a possible 50.

The BMW 6 Series GT scored well for a variety of reasons, including the use of a large one-piece aluminum die cast tailgate frame for the hatch, which combines ease of use with increased rear-window visibility. What’s more, the trunk space is increased by 110 liters (3.9-cubic-feet) compared with the previous model, the 5 Series GT. Also, like the Accord the 6 Series is both larger and has crash safety improvements, and it is lighter, 44 kg (97 pounds) have been taken out of the body structure.

BMW 6er Gran Tourismo, 640i xDrive, Mineralweiß, M Sportpaket

The 6 Series GT received 39.10 out of 50 points.

The EuroCarBody awards have been presented since 2002. This is the first year there was a division between the Volume and Premium segments.