|Tokyo, September 4, 2003 --- Honda
Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the development of a
crash-compatible body frame structure that provides greater safety in collisions between
vehicles of differing size and weight. The new body design, which builds on Honda's
proprietary "G-Control" (G-CON) collision safety body technology, uses the engine
compartment to efficiently disperse and absorb collision energy during a vehicle-to-vehicle
collision, thus significantly improving self protection while also reducing aggressive behavior
toward other vehicles.
Honda will first use the new body design technology on the all-new Life mini-car, which is
scheduled for release September 5th. In the future, during full model changeovers vehicles
built on new platforms will be equipped with the new crash-compatible body design.
Honda's new crash-compatible body employs a front-end frame structure that reduces the
potential concentrated force of an impact by dispersing and absorbing crash energy over a
larger area -- and does not easily become misaligned laterally or vertically with the frame of
the other vehicle involved in the crash. The new Honda Life is equipped with a highly
efficient energy-absorbing main frame, a bulkhead (upper frame) that absorbs the upper part
of the collision energy, and a lower member that helps prevent misalignment of the frames of
the vehicles involved. This prevents lateral and vertical misalignment of the frames and
disperses and absorbs the collision energy.
In a frontal crash with up to a two-ton-class passenger vehicle (i.e., Legend/RL), the new Life
demonstrates improved collision energy absorption of the engine compartment by
approximately 50%, while reducing the load on the passenger compartment by some 30%.
This reduces the deformation of the passenger compartment during a crash and enhances
occupant protection, even as it reduces aggressive behavior toward the other vehicle.
|Crash test of the new Life and a Honda Legend.
||Structure of the new Life's crash-compatible body.
In 1998, Honda announced the development of its G-CON collision safety body technology
that reduces sudden deceleration on vehicle occupants and helps secure cabin space for their
survival. In 2000, Honda set its own new targets in the field of safety, moving ahead with
independent research on vehicle-to-vehicle collision safety, including conducting crash tests
which more precisely simulate real-world accident conditions. As a result, Honda now has
taken G-CON technology another important step forward: this new crash-compatible body
provides greater safety in collisions between vehicles of differing size, weight and structural
Self-protection performance: Reducing injury to vehicle occupants in a crash and ensuring
Aggressive behavior toward other vehicles: The one-sided increase in damage inflicted due to
excessive concentration of the impact load during a collision between vehicles.