Automotive Purchasing Weekly 16 November 2015 - page 10

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EuroCarBodyAward2015
goes to theCarbonCorebody
of thenewBMW7Series
12 November 2015 | OEM
Unique composite material made of CFRP, aluminium and steel developed as part of BMW
Efficient Lightweight for the new generation of the luxury sedan receives the world’s leading
award for innovations in body construction with a new record score.
Automobile experts from all over the
world are in agreement: the Carbon Core
for the body structure of the new BMW 7
Series is currently the ultimate benchmark.
At the 17th Global Car Body Benchmarking
Conference, the construction created using
an innovative composite consisting of carbon
fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminium
and steel received the EuroCarBody Award
2015. The body of the new BMW luxury
sedans was given a rating of 41.87 out of
50 possible points - the best score ever
to be obtained in this competition. The
EuroCarBody Award has been announced at
the annual conference of experts every year
since 2002 and is regarded as the world’s
most important award for innovations in car
body construction.
The Carbon Core used for the body
structure is the central element of the
BMW EfficientLightweight Technology that
was applied particularly consistently in the
development of the sixth generation of the
BMW 7 Series. For the first time in a volume-
production automobile, a composite of
CFRP, aluminium and super high-strength
steels was created which increases rigidity
and stiffness in the passenger cell while
at the same time significantly reducing the
vehicle weight. CFRP is applied here in
hybrid construction with super high-strength
steels for the structural elements. This
allows adaptation of the sheet metal parts
in the area of the B columns, for example,
thereby saving weight.
In designing the body with Carbon Core,
expertise was used from the development of
BMW i automobiles, whose passenger cells
are made entirely of CFRP. The BMW Group
has a level of know-how and experience in
the industrial application of CFRP which is
unique in the automotive sector. With this
innovative composite construction, BMW
has once again established an innovative
use for CFRP in the large-scale serial
production of motor vehicles.
In addition, not only is the engine
compartment lid of the new BMW 7
Series made of aluminium but also the
doors. All in all, these and other BMW
EfficientLightweight measures make the
luxury sedans of the new BMW 7 Series
up to 130 km lighter than their respective
predecessor models, despite the fact that
they are fitted with a considerably extended
range of comfort and safety features. This
puts their weight at the level of the third
generation of the BMW 7 Series launched
in 1994. Consistent lightweight construction
enables an almost perfectly balanced 50 :
50 axle load distribution and also allows the
centre of gravity to be lowered. This benefits
the driving dynamics and ride comfort of the
new BMW 7 Series as well as its efficiency.
The EuroCarBody 2015 conference
in Bad Nauheim, Hesse, was attended
by more than 550 car body construction
experts from 24 countries, who discussed
innovations and pioneering concepts in the
areas of development and production. In
addition to specialist talks and discussions,
the event mainly focused on selecting the
most important new developments in body
construction. In its bid for the EuroCarBody
Award 2015, the new BMW 7 Series was up
against eight other recent innovations from
the international automotive markets. In
the combined assessment of the jury and
auditorium, the Carbon Core body scored
particularly well in the disciplines of material
concept, development, construction design
and customer benefit.
Ford introduces itsnewnoise-
cancelling technology
12 November 2015 | OEM
Whether used for minimising background noise on a business flight, or silencing the babble
of commuters on a train, noise-cancelling headphones have made journeys more serene
and enjoyable for millions. Now, Ford has applied the same thinking to its cars.
Ford’s Active Noise Control uses three
microphones, strategically placed in the
cabin, to detect undesirable noises from
the engine and transmission. The system
counteracts those noises with opposing
sound waves from the audio system –
without affecting volume levels of music and
conversation. Driver and vehicle behaviour is
recorded and anticipated, for example when
a driver is accelerating in a lower gear.
“Whether listening to a favourite playlist,
tuning into a much-loved station, or simply
enjoying a respite from the demands of
modern life, the experience of sound –
and just as importantly silence – can be
a fundamental part of an enjoyable car
journey,” said Dr Ralf Heinrichs, Supervisor,
Noise Vibration Harshness, Ford of Europe.
“Our new Mondeo Vignale with Active Noise
Control offers drivers enhanced levels of
comfort, and fewer distractions.”
Active Noise Control is part of a range of
innovations for the flagship Ford Mondeo
Vignale that enhance sound quality.
Another example is acoustic glass that can
improve the sound-proofing qualities of the
windscreen and front windows. Containing
a layer of acoustic film thinner than a human
hair, acoustic glass reduces the intrusion of
wind noise caused by air flow around the
window pillars.
“Noise is intrusive and reduces the
driver’s mental processing power, and can
lead to distraction and stress,” said Dr John
Cartwright, Chief Medical Officer, Ford of
Britain. “By removing unwanted powertrain
noise, Ford is helping customers to complete
their journey calmly and in comfort.”
Every Ford vehicle undergoes extensive
testing to help minimise noise, vibration and
harshness. This includes driving on some of
the world’s most challenging surfaces, both
in the real world and at Ford test facilities
(including Ford Dunton Technical Centre
in Essex) where conditions include gravel
roads and some of the worst potholes found
worldwide. From the ground up, the Mondeo
Vignale’s cabin has been designed to offer
the optimum sound experience.
For example, by using foam rather than
fibreglass for engine bay insulation, the
Mondeo Vignale achieves a reduction in
powertrain noise transferred to the cabin
of up to 2 dB. Sound‑proofing within the
underbody shields, wheel arch liners and
front and rear doors block tyre noise, and
the new integral link rear suspension also
contributes to a reduction in road noise
experienced of up to 3 dB.
The Mondeo Vignale also is one of the first
European Ford vehicles to benefit from the
newly established global Vehicle Harmony
team. Testing includes ensuring all sounds in
the cabin, interior illumination, and the feel of
surfaces are appropriate and complementary
– from the sound made by the indicators,
to that which is made when the heated rear
window switch is depressed.
“Vehicle interiors are a precious yet
complex space with hundreds of carefully
positioned individual functional elements,
just like instruments in an orchestra. To
bring harmony to the customer experience,
these instruments must be in tune with one
another. That’s where the Vehicle Harmony
team comes in,” said Erika Tsubaki, Design
Supervisor, Ford of Europe.
TataMotorsGroupglobalwholesales
at 92,949 inOctober 2015
10 November 2015 | OEM
The Tata Motors Group global wholesales
in October 2015, including Jaguar Land
Rover, were at 92,949, higher by 14%, over
October 2014. Cumulative wholesales for
this fiscal were at 5,71,850, higher by 5%
over the last fiscal.
Global wholesales of all Tata Motors’
commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo
range in October 2015 were 31,320, lower by
2%, compared to October 2014. Cumulative
commercial vehicles wholesales for this
fiscal at 2,11,944, lower by 2% over last fiscal.
Global wholesales of all passenger
vehicles in October 2015 were at 61,629,
higher by 24%, compared to October 2014.
Cumulative passenger vehicles wholesales
for this fiscal at 3,59,906, higher by 10%,
over the last fiscal.
Global wholesales of Tata Motors’
passenger vehicles in October 2015 were
at 13,161, lower by 1%, over October 2014.
Cumulative wholesales for the fiscal were
at 80,241, higher by 20%, compared to last
fiscal.
Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover
were 48,468 vehicles. Jaguar wholesales for
the month were 9,171 vehicles and cumulative
wholesales were 52,060 vehicles, while
Land Rover wholesales for the month were
39,297 vehicles and cumulative wholesales
were 2,27,605 vehicles. Cumulative
wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover for the
fiscal were 2,79,665 vehicles.
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