Nissan is turning to Advanced High Tensile Strength Steel (AHSS) in up to 25 percent of its vehicle parts starting in 2017 to reduce weight.
Currently, the Japanese automaker is the only one on the market using 1.2 GPa ultra high tensile strength steel with high formability, which is found in the new Infiniti Q50 which goes on sale in North America this year. Prior to the development of 1.2 GPa ultra high strength steel, Nissan struggled to use high tensile steels for vehicle parts with complex shapes.
With the active adoption of 1.2 GPa ultra high strength steel, the automaker will increase the adoption rate of AHSS in as much as 25 percent of the gross weight of the parts installed per vehicle. The effort of incorporating AHSS will begin in 2017 and aims to reduce the weight of the automaker’s vehicles by 15 percent.
Under the Nissan Green Program 2016, the automaker is aiming for a 35 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to 2005 by the end of fiscal 2016.
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