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Development of New Model LIFE Incorporating Concept of “Technology with Heart”

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.16 No.1

Summary

The new model Honda Life was developed on the basis of the concept of “Technology with Heart,” with a focus on the achievement of a high level of performance in the areas of safety, design, packaging, utility and driving. The engine, transmission and platform have been entirely redesigned to make the vehicle more compact, resulting in an increase of 95 mm in effective cabin area and enhanced collision safety performance. The vehicle has a high fuel economy of 19.8 km/l in Japanese 10-15 mode, and has received Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) certification. The superior aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle’s exterior provide a high level of driving stability and NV performance. With a front-to-rear walk-through seating arrangement, a multi-information display and a variety of other distinctive features, the new Life is a next-generation small car offering a high degree of utility and driving pleasure.

Reference

(1) Takizawa, S., Sugimoto, T., Suzuki, H.: A STUDY OF COMPATIBILITY TEST PROCEDURE IN FRONTAL IMPACT, Proceeding 18th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced safety of vehicles Paper Number 437 (2003)
(2) Saito, M., Gomi, T., Taguchi, Y., Yoshimoto, T., Sugimoto, T.: INNOVATIVE BODY STRUCTURE FOR THE SELF-PROTECTION OF A SMALL CAR IN A FRONTAL VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE CRASH, Proceeding 18th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced safety of vehicles Paper Number 239 (2003)

Author (organization or company)

Norio IGARASHI(Tochigi R&D Center)、Takuya AOKI(Tochigi R&D Center)、Yoshiharu UCHIDA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Takahiro SUGAWARA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Katsumi KANASUGI(Tochigi R&D Center)、Tomoyuki UEMURA(Tochigi R&D Center)

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