Compared to the previous models many new vehicles replaced, numerous new cars in the past tended to be heavier, although still have the same body design and dimensions.
This is mostly caused by most of the automakers attempted to make increased car’s safety features and comfort equipments although at last they get a bad effect on the increased vehicle’s fuel consumption and weight.
Now that story seems to be little by little reduced, since these days many new cars are lighter than their outgoing models, for example, the new Peugeot supermini 208 which is actually lighter than the 208 model, its predecessor.
The same story comes from Honda which is according to a business daily newspaper will change its vehicle design and assembly methods in the effort of reducing its creations’ weight but still retaining the vehicles’ safety and comfort equipments.
The daily newspaper stated that Honda will invest as much 10 billions yen in order to update its local and abroad plants. The Japan automaker’s movements will be begun with the smallest models in its range.
The new techniques will be employed by Honda will cover welding outer panels to the frame of the vehicle instead of assembling the ceiling, side and the rest of the panels, so that the usage of bolts and reinforcing materials can be reduced.
Yet, Honda has actually already built one of the two assembly lines at its Suzuka plant located in Japan and introduced its N BOX. The N BOX is the first model of the N Series mini cars which is claimed to have lighter body and reduced development costs as well.