By CRM Staff
Livonia, Michigan -- May 18, 2018 -- The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), recently awarded the "Automotive Excellence Award" to Honda Motor Company, for their advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) innovations in the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The award was presented by David Anderson, senior director, automotive market, SMDI at the 17th annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) seminar in Livonia, Michigan. Nic Goldsberry, senior body design engineer at Honda, received the award for his GDIS 2017 presentation, titled, "The All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey."
Honda designed an all-new chassis for the 2018 Odyssey, based on the platform used in light duty trucks to maximize maneuverability and steering ease. They employed the Next-Gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure in combination with tailor welded hot stamped door rings and a new multi-connection bumper beam to enhance occupant protection. The Odyssey is comprised of 58 percent high-strength steel leading to high rigidity and a lightweight body.
The SMDI “Automotive Excellence Award” is presented each year at Great Designs in Steel. Individuals or teams from automakers, suppliers or the academic community who embrace innovation and make significant contributions to the advancement of steel in the automotive market are awarded for their innovation. Award winners are chosen from presenters at the previous year's GDIS seminar. Candidates are rated in several categories, including: challenges and benefits associated with cost, mass reduction and performance; overall contribution to the advancement of steel and implementation in production.