Lightweighting/Cost Reduction

Sep 17, 2021

On September 15, Mahindra’s Truck and Bus Division (MTB) announced the commercial launch of the new Mahindra FURIO 7, its latest, modern range of light commercial vehicles (LCVs). This range will be available across three product platforms: 4-Tire Cargo, 6-Tire Cargo HD and 6-Tire Tipper. FURIO 7 range of LCVs are powered by two super-efficient, light weight, low friction engines – MDi and MDi Tech, with dual mode FuelSmart technology.
It will be manufactured at Chakan plant. The new range has best-in-class mileage, higher payload and a benchmark cabin offering optimum comfort, convenience and safety. It also boasts of the Most Advanced Telematics technology: Mahindra iMAXX. Mahindra FURIO 7 LCV range is part of the FURIO ILCV product range development, which is the culmination of focused efforts over the past six years of over 500 Mahindra engineers and 180 suppliers, and an investment of INR 6.5 billion.

Mahindra press release

Sep 17, 2021

Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. (BHAP) announced that it will exhibit products of its subsidiaries Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V., Bohai Trimet Automotive Holding GmbH, and Zibo Bohai Piston Co., Ltd. at IAA Mobility 2021. At this exhibition, the company will present a smart roof that combines LiDAR and camera with a self-cleaning function, aluminum alloy die-cast lightweight parts with high NVH performance, and pistons using the new material BH137 and having lightweight design. (From a press release dated September 7, 2021)

Sep 14, 2021

On September 14, 2021, Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it launched the all-new Corolla Cross compact SUV in Japan.
The Corolla Cross was born as the first-ever SUV model of the Corolla series. It combines the spacious interior and outstanding utility characteristic of an SUV with powerful performance and superb fuel efficiency.
The Corolla Cross has been designed to be "urban and active," with the dynamism and sophistication of an SUV.
The Corolla Cross measures 4,490 mm in length, 1,825 mm in width, 1,620 mm in height, and 2,640 mm in wheelbase. It combines superb visibility with ample head clearance, ensuring that passengers in every seat can spend every journey―from urban rides to long drives―in comfort.
The Corolla Cross offers some of the best luggage capacity in its class, with 487 liters available even when seating five. The large luggage door is set at a height of 720 mm above-ground, to make it easier even for shorter users to load and unload luggage
Both the hybrid and gasoline versions of the Corolla Cross are equipped with optimized 1.8-liter engines. The hybrid versions deliver class-leading fuel efficiency of 26.2 km/L (WLTC); their E-Four electric 4WD systems not only contribute to superb fuel efficiency, but also ensure consistent behavior both when accelerating and when driving on snow or other slippery surfaces.
The Corolla Cross combines a fully developed GA-C platform with a lightweight, high-rigidity body frame to provide nimble and stable steering in a manner that belies its tall vehicle height. As for suspension, 2WD features newly developed torsion beams and large rubber bushings in the rear, a combination that delivers outstanding road-holding on uneven roads, coupled with a luxurious ride.
The Corolla Cross is produced at Takaoka Plant, Aichi Prefecture.

(Toyota press release on September 14, 2021)