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All change at Mercedes-Benz

By Andrew Marsh,
Posted in: Featured | Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
On the 11th November 2104 Mercedes-Benz decided to introduce some important changes: Maybach as a halo brand – just as Mercedes-AMG now functions as a higher performance orientated sub-brand, so the introduction of Mercedes-Maybach allows even more luxurious versions of vehicles to appear. The first will be selected models from the W222 ‘S’ class range. ...

Bonded vehicle structures – exactly what do rivets do?

By Andrew Marsh, 07.05.14
Posted in: Public | Technology Trends
2014 Audi TT joining process
For an aluminium intensive body shell through to a hybrid steel and aluminium alloy shell, the joining system of choice is structural adhesive. The advantages are: More efficient load distribution in the joint compared with welding. No change in the panel properties around the joint zone due to heat during the joint formation. Ability to ...

2015 Ford F-150 repairability

By Andrew Marsh, 24.01.14
Posted in: Public
2015 Ford F150 front three quarter
The world’s most successful pick-up truck is getting an aluminum (or aluminium) intensive body as well as load bed, underpinned by a higher strength steel ladder chassis. The objective was to get close to 30 mpg highway fuel consumption instead of the accepted norm of close to 20 mpg – and to do that the ...

Safety critical tightening torques for repairers from Ezi-Methods

By Andrew Marsh, 01.11.13
Posted in: Materials & Engineering | Public
Tightening torque mechanism
There are safety critical tightening torques all over a vehicle especially in the area of suspension, steering and brakes. It is very difficult to find data which gives those torques, or if the fixing is not to be re-used. The illustration above shows how as the fastener is tightened the clamping force is developed between ...

Peugeot 2008 – set to revive the fortunes of the company?

By Andrew Marsh, 22.10.13
Posted in: New Model Information | Public
Peugeot 2008 side
There is a sector or the automotive world that was invented by the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 – the off roader which is rather good on road too. Nissan took this theme and crossed high fashion some SUV ‘ruggedness’, whilst aiming the range firmly at the mass market with front wheel drive along ...
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