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As Seen In Automotive Design & Production

SikaPower epoxy-based adhesive used in unibody assembly application. (Credit: Sika Automotive)

Structural Adhesives Lighten the Load
Adhesives are improving unibody strength and stiffness while reducing vehicle weight.

The LEVC TX5 black cab has an aluminum structure and skin and makes extensive use of engineering adhesives in place of mechanical fasteners.

Building Taxis with Adhesives
Dow estimates the overall weight save compared to a conventionally built vehicle is on the order of 30 percent.

New Weatherstripping Materials Launched
Three new materials for weatherstrip applications have been developed by Dow Elastomers.  The NORDEL EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer) materials can be used in sealing applications including car doors, glass and window, and truck and hood seals.

 The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is the sixth generation of the compact car. It is designed and engineered to compete with products including the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and more. Scott Margason, Hyundai Motor America, director, Product Planning, says that they take a “class-above” approach to development of vehicles, so he notes that while the 2017 Elantra offers 95.8-ft3 of passenger room and 14.4-ft3 of cargo space, the 2016 Audi A4 provides only 91- and 12-ft3, respectively.

2017 Hyundai Elantra: All This and More
Compact cars were once considered to be stepping stones to at least a midsize model. That may no longer be the case and buyers both young and old are looking for style, content and capability in smaller packages (assuming they’re not going for a crossover). The all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra is built to compete—and we do mean built.

A Revolutionary Material
This is a technology that can change the industry.

Plastics: The Applications Evolve
Plastics implementation expert Dr. Norm Kakarala of Delphi Automotive talks about the trends and developments in the application of plastics.