The 2018 Honda Accord is 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the company announced Friday — the highest proportion of the 780-megapascal-and-up grades in any mass-market Honda car.
This lightweighting of the No. 9 vehicle in America (according to GoodCarBadCar’s tallies) is yet another reminder that a modern collision repairer simply can’t expect to fix cars the same way they used to — and likely not with the same equipment either.
Honda said more than half of the 2018 Accord — 54.2 percent — was “high strength steel (above 440 MPa).” Other next-generation Hondas jump from 440-megapascal steel to 590 MPa steel, the threshold for “advanced high-strength steel,” and we’d expect the Accord to do so as well.
“Underneath the skin is a more rigid and lightweight body with our highest ever application of ultra-high strength steel, plus a new aluminum-intensive chassis with available Adaptive Dampers,” American Honda Honda Automobile Division Senior Vice President Jeff Conrad said Friday, according to Honda.
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