BMW – One of the first automakers to make use of advanced steel

Interesting | December 22nd, 2010 by 6
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According to a report by Automotive News, BMW and Honda are considered industry leaders in the use of advanced steel. BMW was one of the …

According to a report by Automotive News, BMW and Honda are considered industry leaders in the use of advanced steel.

BMW was one of the first automakers to use the new advanced steel, available now across many models. The 7 Series uses roughly 400 pounds of it per vehicle. The new advanced steel helps the automakers tackle on the issue of added weight with every new model.

AutoNews reports the average vehicle built in North America contains 151 pounds of advanced high-strength steel, up from 111 pounds in 2007.

steel works BMW   One of the first automakers to make use of advanced steel

Dick Schultz of Ducker Worldwide, a consulting firm in suburban Detroit, predicts the usage of advanced steel being increased by 10 to 15 percent annually over the next five years.

The new stronger steel has a direct impact on the vehicle’s structure by allowing automakers to use lighter components complementing the new steel.

The full report can be found at Auto News.

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