Cowl Patents (Class 296/192)
  • Patent number: 11155142
    Abstract: A hood air intake and water separation system includes a first separation chamber having a first inlet fluidly coupled to a hood intake vent of the vehicle, a first outlet, and at least one first drain opening. The first separation chamber is configured to separate water and air ingested through the intake and direct the separated water through the at least one first drain opening and direct the separated air through the first outlet. A second separation chamber includes a second inlet fluidly coupled to the first separation chamber first outlet, a second outlet, and at least one second drain opening. A third chamber includes a third inlet fluidly coupled to the second separation chamber second outlet, and a third outlet. The first and second separation chambers are configured to direct ingested water away from an airpath to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas O Kaltsounis, Chad J Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 11002963
    Abstract: A head-up display device includes a casing provided inside an instrument panel. The casing includes an upper case constituting an upper part of the casing and provided with a fragile portion that is configured to be broken when an impact load is input to the casing from an upper side in a vehicle up-down direction, and a lower case constituting a lower part of the casing, provided with a light source unit configured to emit image information, and having a rigidity higher than that of the upper case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taichi Minei, Shigeto Muramatsu, Yasunobu Nagata, Norihisa Nomura, Takashi Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 11001310
    Abstract: A structural instrument panel member for an instrument panel assembly of a vehicle comprises a cross beam, a steering column support, a first and second HVAC duct, and a first dash panel mount. The cross beam mount has a first surface, a first side, a second side and a first, second, third, fourth and fifth walls. The cross beam mount is fastened to a cross beam of the vehicle. The steering column support extends from the first side of the cross beam mount. The first and second HVAC duct each have a first end and a second end. The first HVAC duct is disposed on the second side of the cross beam mount and the second HVAC duct is disposed adjacent the first HVAC duct. The first dash panel mount extends from the first HVAC duct and fastened to a dash panel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Simon A. Kehimkar, Brennon L. White, Marcus J. Baker, Paul J. Wolcott
  • Patent number: 10994786
    Abstract: Provided is a structure for a front part of a vehicle, including a vehicle main body, a pair of suspension support portions, and a cowl member connected to the pair of suspension support portions. The cowl member has: an inner part connection portion which has a shape extending continuously in a vehicle width direction between the pair of suspension support portions and which interconnects respective inner parts of the pair of suspension support portions in the vehicle width direction; and a water drain portion which is provided backward of the inner part connection portion in a front-rear direction of the vehicle and drains water toward a side part of the vehicle in the vehicle width direction. The inner part connection portion has a thickness larger than a thickness of the water drain portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: KOBE STEEL, LTD., MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatoshi Yoshida, Tadashi Yamazaki, Ryotaro Hirata
  • Patent number: 10829060
    Abstract: A vehicle body trim assembly includes a trim member. The trim member includes a fender attachment structure, a windshield trim attachment structure and a cowl cover attachment structure. The trim member, including each of the fender attachment structure, the windshield trim attachment structure and the cowl cover attachment structure, is formed as a single, unitary, monolithic element molded from a rigid material and a section made of a flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Fujiki, Satoshi Sakurai, Fumio Tejima, Bobby Fuentes
  • Patent number: 10793100
    Abstract: A resin cowl grille is provided to cover an upper portion of a cowl box. The cowl grille includes an upper wall portion and a front wall portion separated from the upper wall portion and provided with a bending promotion portion for inducing bending deformation upon action of load from above. The front wall portion includes a body portion and attachment piece portions extending backward from the body portion and fastened to a front portion of the upper wall portion. A weak portion for load in an upper-to-lower direction is formed by the attachment piece portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Nakamura, Junji Kishimoto, Hiroshi Mizuguchi
  • Patent number: 10766434
    Abstract: A side cowl top cover includes a cover body and a hook formed so as to expand at an upper portion of the cover body in order to be engaged with the end flange. The cover body includes: a vertical wall that extends upwardly from a lower side of the windshield; and an extended portion extended from an upper end of the vertical wall toward the front fender. The hook includes: a holder placed at a predetermined gap relative to an end face of the extended portion and extended substantially in parallel with the end face of the extended portion; and a vertical rib extended in a direction intersecting with the direction in which the holder extends, and interconnecting a bottom surface of the extended portion and a bottom surface of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MORIROKU TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenta Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10723392
    Abstract: A vehicle member join structure includes a sheet-shaped first member made of a lightweight metal, a sheet-shaped second member made of a ferrous metal, a rivet made of a ferrous metal and including a shaft that penetrates the first member and a head that remains at an outer surface of the first member, the shaft being welded to the second member so as to connect the first member and the second member together, and a waterproof section that prevents water ingress by covering a region where the rivet and the first member contact each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ayaka Kagami, Soshiro Murata, Yasuhide Matsuo, Yasushi Azuma
  • Patent number: 10683039
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure comprising a cowl top garnish arranged along a windshield, wherein the cowl top garnish comprises an upper portion extending along the windshield, a side portion extending downward from an end portion of the upper portion in a vehicle width direction, and a drain recessed downward along an end portion of the upper portion on a front side of a vehicle body and extending in the vehicle width direction, the drain comprises an open end at an end portion in the vehicle width direction, and the side portion comprises a drain rib extending from the open end in rear and lower directions of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shota Anegawa, Takatsugu Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 10676136
    Abstract: A cross-car beam, includes a plastic beam body 22, defining a first end 24 and a second end 26 spaced from the first end 24 along a first direction D1, such that the plastic beam body 22 is elongate in the first direction D1. The plastic beam body 22 further defines a cross-sectional shape 28 along, a plane P1 that is normal to the first direction D1. The cross-car beam 20, may further include a metallic beam body 42 configured to be coupled to the plastic beam body 22. The metallic beam body 42 defining a first end 44 and a second end 46 spaced from the first end 44 along a direction, for example the first direction D1 when the metallic bean body 42 is coupled to the plastic beam body 22, such that the metallic beam body 42 is elongate in the first direction D1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SABIC Global Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Vineet Kapila, Mark Turner, Anil Tiwari, Matthew Delaney, Amit Kulkarni, Paul Michael Atkinson
  • Patent number: 10654526
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure comprises a windshield and a cowl top garnish provided along a lower end portion of the windshield. The cowl top garnish includes a first shield glass abutment portion abutting against a back surface of the windshield and engaging portions engaging with engaged portions provided in the vehicle body. The engaging portions are provided in at least part in a direction along the lower end portion of the windshield. The first shield glass abutment portion occupies a range wider than a range where the engaging portions are provided. The engaging portions are provided at positions farther away from the back surface of the windshield than the first shield glass abutment portion, and engage with the engaged portions in a direction from the back surface to a front surface of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shota Anegawa, Takatsugu Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 10639968
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an air supply arrangement for a vehicle, the air supply arrangement comprising an air supply duct, an ionising member located in the air supply duct and a passive collecting member located in the air supply duct downstream of the ionising member, wherein a shortest path length of an air flow between the ionising member and the collecting member is in the range of from 20 to 70 centimeters (cm), preferably in the range of from 25 to 50 cm. The disclosure further relates to an external portion of such an air supply arrangement and a vehicle with such an air supply arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Lofvendahl, Stefan Winter, Alexander Warda, Erik Andersson
  • Patent number: 10618566
    Abstract: Provided is an automobile front body structure configured such that a reinforcement member is joined to a cowl panel. The cowl panel includes an upper surface portion, a forwardly bulging portion, a rearwardly bulging portion, and a lower surface portion. The reinforcement member includes a reinforcement member body which has a substantially squared U-shaped section which is bent and extends along the cowl panel, a first joint portion and a second joint portion. The reinforcement member body includes a wide portion of a substantially squared U-shaped section which is wide in the vehicle width direction and extending along the forwardly bulging portion, and a narrow portion such that a substantially squared U-shaped section is narrowed in the vehicle width direction toward the vehicle lower side. A sectional depth of the narrow portion is larger than a sectional depth of the wide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeru Nakauchi, Nobuyuki Nakayama, Takayuki Nakamae
  • Patent number: 10569805
    Abstract: A frame assembly for a vehicle can include a cross member, a longitudinal member and a gusset. The cross member can extend along a transverse direction of the vehicle. The cross member can include a bend. The longitudinal member can extend along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The gusset can be connected to the longitudinal member and the cross member at the bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dakota D. Kirtland, Matthew L. Taracko
  • Patent number: 10549786
    Abstract: A cowl cover includes a cover-body portion that covers a cowl portion between a windshield and a vehicle-body member; and a lid body to be detachably attached to the cover-body portion. The cover-body portion includes a cover-body-side engagement portion and the lid-body includes a lid-body-side engagement portion that is to be engaged with the cover-body-side engagement portion. The cover-body-side engagement portion and the lid-body-side engagement portion are configured such that an engagement amount between the cover-body-side engagement portion and the lid-body-side engagement portion increases when a load is applied from an outside to the lid-body-side engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasumasa Horimizu, Atsushi Ihara
  • Patent number: 10464444
    Abstract: A connection element for connecting vehicle parts to each other comprises: a fastening section operative to be fastened to a first vehicle part, the fastening section comprising a planar face having a first side for abutting the first vehicle part and a second side opposite the first side, the fastening section further comprising a wall section protruding from the planar face at said second side and at least partially bordering the planar face at said second side; a drainage opening formed in the planar face and being surrounded by an edge, the drainage opening being operative to drain liquid from the second side of planar face towards the first side; and an indentation at least partially formed on the planar face in the vicinity of the drainage opening, the edge of the drainage opening extending across the indentation such that the edge of the drainage opening in the region of the indentation is raised towards said second side of the planar face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Coburg
    Inventors: Leo Ioppolo, Sean Sabo
  • Patent number: 10421416
    Abstract: A trim panel such as an end panel for an instrument panel of a motor vehicle, has a body including an exposed face and a flange that interfaces with an elastomeric seal on the motor vehicle. At least one tubercle is provided on that flange. A method of installing a trim panel on a motor vehicle adjacent to an elastomeric seal is also disclosed. Tubercles on the flange gently push the elastomeric seal away from the flange during installation protecting the surface of the elastomeric seal from marring or other damage during the installation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Robert D. Bedard
  • Patent number: 10315702
    Abstract: There are provided a hinge pillar extending in a vehicle vertical direction, an apron reinforcement extending forward from the hinge pillar, a connecting member provided below the apron reinforcement and connecting the hinge pillar and the apron reinforcement in a brace shape, a dash panel provided in back of the connecting member and extending in a vehicle width direction, a wheel house provided in front of the dash panel, and an apron rear panel provided on an inward side, in the vehicle width direction, of and closely to the connecting member and connecting a rear portion of the wheel house and the dash panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakamura, Keizo Kawasaki, Hidenori Matsuoka, Kenji Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10308462
    Abstract: A plate configured to contact a web includes a first region having a first characteristic and a second region having a second characteristic different than the first characteristic. The plate has a substantially arcuate wall with an inner surface and an outer surface. A plurality of vacuum holes extends between the inner and outer surfaces and are configured to be in fluid communication with a vacuum source. A vacuum region is adapted to contact the first region of the web and a reduced-vacuum region is adapted to receive the second region of the web. The plurality of vacuum holes are configured such that, when attached to the vacuum source, a vacuum pressure at the vacuum region is greater than a pressure at the reduced-vacuum region so that the first region of the web is held against the plate with a greater force than the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Dean Abney, Paul Douglas Beuther, Kevin Gerald Dolan, David John Enz
  • Patent number: 10239563
    Abstract: A stiffening assembly for a vehicle cowl panel includes a pair of cooperating C-shaped brackets. Each of the pair of cooperating C-shaped brackets comprises cooperating bracket arms adapted for holding opposed ends of the pair of cooperating C-shaped brackets at varying distances from one another. Each of the pair of cooperating C-shaped brackets comprises a pair of parallel bracket arms which align with one another when the stiffening assembly is attached to the cowl panel. Cowl panel and instrument panel assemblies incorporating one or more stiffening assemblies and vehicles incorporating the cowl panel and instrument panel assemblies are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Sreenivas Kuchibhatla
  • Patent number: 10220884
    Abstract: A cowl cover arrangement for a motor vehicle has a cowl cover which adjoins a lower end of a front pane and extends in the direction of a width of the motor vehicle. The cowl cover arrangement further has a first wall for collecting water flowing from the front pane over the cowl cover. The cowl cover arrangement further has a second wall for collecting water flowing over or through the first wall. At least one water outlet discharges the water collected by the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Florian Kahl, Andreas Huber
  • Patent number: 10196093
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure includes a cowl having an outside air introduction duct and a cowl louver. The cowl louver includes an outer plate portion and an inner plate portion disposed below the outer plate portion and covering the outside air introduction duct from the upper side of the vehicle. An outside rib protruding from the outer plate portion toward the inner plate portion and an inside rib protruding from the inner plate portion toward the outer plate portion are disposed in an intake space. A virtual straight line passing through an end portion of the intake space on a front side of the vehicle and an end portion of the intake space on a rear side of the vehicle intersects with at least one of the outside rib and the inside rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohito Muraki, Kenichi Yamashita, Takahiro Hashimitsu
  • Patent number: 10092871
    Abstract: An assembly for an air conditioning system may include an air filter for filtering drawn-in fresh air. The air filter may be arranged in a fresh air path and may separate a raw side from a clean side of the fresh air path. A water path for discharging water separated from the fresh air may be disposed at the raw side of the air filter. The water path may include a water filter for filtering the separated water. The water filter may separate a raw side from a clean side of the water path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Mahle Behr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Florian Klein
  • Patent number: 10086881
    Abstract: A front vehicle body structure is provided. The front vehicle body structure includes fender apron upper members that extend longitudinally and disposed in left and right sides of the front vehicle body in a width direction, respectively. Front pillar members traversely extend and are disposed in the left and right sides of the front vehicle body in the width direction, respectively. A cowl upper cross reinforcing member extends in the width direction. Further, front pillar upper members longitudinally extend and are disposed in left and right sides of the front vehicle body in the width direction, respectively, and are disposed rearward of the longitudinal direction and upward of the transverse direction against the fender apron upper member. Further, a joint is coupled with front ends of the fender apron upper members, the front pillar members, the front pillar upper members, and the cowl upper cross reinforcing member, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Heeju Kim, Yoonkyoung Han, Mun Soo Cha
  • Patent number: 10071769
    Abstract: A front vehicle body reinforcing structure may include a dash panel, a front side member extending along a length direction of a vehicle for coupling to a lower part of the dash panel, a fender apron member extending along the length direction of the vehicle and coupled to an upper part of the dash panel, a front shock absorber housing having a lower part coupled to the front side member and an upper part coupled to the fender apron member, a cowl cross member extending along a width direction of the vehicle for coupling to the upper part of the dash panel and having both ends overlapping and coupled to the front shock absorber housing along the width direction, and a front shock absorber housing side member adhered to an inner surface of the front shock absorber housing, and having an upper part coupled to the cowl cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Do Hoi Kim, Chang Ho Park, Ji Woong Park, Chan Young Kang, Hae Woong Kim, Min Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10011305
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is disclosed with a windshield, a hood and an air and water guiding arrangement that extends from the base of the windshield underneath the hood. A base plate of the air and water guiding arrangement features at least one air passage opening underneath the hood. A transverse wall, in which passages for air are recessed, rises from the base plate along a rear edge of the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fabian Kempfer, Younes Chlyeh
  • Patent number: 10000166
    Abstract: An arrangement for a motor vehicle including a dividing wall disposed between an engine compartment and a passenger compartment of the vehicle, a water container to collect the water running over the windscreen of the vehicle, and at least one collector to collect an overflow of water contained in the water container. The at least one collector is made up of a component forming an integral part of the dividing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Christian Delord, Thierry Hlubina
  • Patent number: 9963027
    Abstract: A windshield glass peripheral structure is provided including a molding that couples a windshield glass with a cowl louver. The molding includes an attachment portion that is attached to an inner side of an upper end portion of the cowl louver, an interposing portion that is interposed between and seals between a lower end portion of the windshield glass and an upper end portion of the cowl louver, and has a leading end at a vehicle outer side making contact with a lower edge portion of the windshield, glass, and a joining portion. The joining portion extends in a vehicle width direction following, the lower end portion of the windshield glass, is formed with a water drainage portion cut out from a vehicle up-down direction upper end portion of the joining face further toward a vehicle width direction outer side than a wiper unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masato Sekishiro
  • Patent number: 9950680
    Abstract: A wire harness assembling method includes a step (a) of attaching an interference suppressing member to at least a part of an elongated reinforcement, the reinforcement being arranged on a back side of an instrument panel of a vehicle and extending in a width direction of the vehicle; and a step (b) of arranging a wire harness so that the wire harness faces the reinforcement with the interference suppressing member interposed between the wire harness and the reinforcement, the step (b) being performed after the step (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hosei Mizuno, Hiroki Hirai, Masaaki Tabata
  • Patent number: 9914340
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body, a cowl and a first cowl attachment. The vehicle body defines an engine compartment and a passenger compartment that is located rearward of the engine compartment. The cowl includes a top wall extending in a vehicle lateral direction between the engine and passenger compartments. The top wall has a first end wall at a first end and a second end wall at a second end. The first end wall has a plurality of first air receiving apertures. The first cowl attachment has a baffle wall part and a cowl extension part. The first cowl attachment is fixedly attached to the first end wall such that the baffle wall part is adjacent to the air receiving apertures. The cowl extension part extends in a vehicle lateral direction from the baffle wall part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Bowers
  • Patent number: 9889892
    Abstract: An attachment for connecting a chassis structure to a hollow beam of a body structure includes a tube nut, a bulkhead, and a bolt. The bulkhead has a cavity surface configured to conform to a cylindrical outer surface of the tube nut. The bulkhead is disposed within the hollow beam and is attached to at least two walls of the hollow beam and to the tube nut. A first portion of the cylindrical outer surface of the tube nut is disposed in close proximity to the cavity surface of the bulkhead. A bottom surface of the tube nut contacts an inner surface of a bottom wall of the hollow beam. The bolt extends from the chassis structure, through a hole formed in the bottom wall of the hollow beam, and into the tube nut to connect the chassis structure to the body structure. The attachment may include a second bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Travis W. Walker, Darek G. Villeneuve, Terry A. Swartzell, Daniel C. Dokter
  • Patent number: 9849917
    Abstract: This cowl top cover has a cover body section and a vertical wall section which extends vertically from the front end of the cover body section. The vertical wall section is provided with a vertical wall body, an opening which is formed in the vertical wall body, and a cover section has a cover-side bending promotion section which extends in the width direction of the vehicle and which promotes the bending and deformation of the cover section to one side of the length direction of the vehicle. As a result of this configuration, the cowl top cover can consistently exhibit a sufficient impact absorption function when subjected to an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Ishihara, Chikara Sano, Nao Iwata, Hidenori Kameoka
  • Patent number: 9834254
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having an instrument panel that is spaced rearward away from a bottom end of a windscreen so that it is less likely to be damaged in the event of a frontal impact. A cover is attached to vehicle body structure adjacent to the bottom end of the windscreen to cover the gap produced by spacing the instrument panel from the bottom of the windscreen. The cover overlies an upper surface of the instrument panel and slides rearward over the upper surface when the bottom end of the windscreen moves rearward into the crush space during a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Staines
  • Patent number: 9796426
    Abstract: An outer glass contact section, which is parallel to and comes into close contact with the outer surface of a windscreen, and inner glass contact parts, which have lips that press the inner surface of the windscreen, are formed at the vehicle rear-side edge of a cowl body. The lips each have a folded shape or a curved shape, have a folding point for the folded shape or a curving point for the curved shape as a boundary, and include a base-side first lip section and a distal-side second lip section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9795278
    Abstract: A housing watertight mechanism includes, a case member, a lid member configured to be fixed to the case member, an annular elastic member interposed between a first edge portion and a second edge portion, and compressed in an attaching and detaching direction to fill a space between the first edge portion and the second edge portion when the lid member is fixed to the case member, a first portion formed in the elastic member, and a second portion formed in the elastic member, disposed on a side on which the space between the first edge portion and the second edge portion is broadened when the elastic member is compressed in the attaching and detaching direction, and having a larger size in the attaching and detaching direction than a size of the first portion in the attaching and detaching direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Okada
  • Patent number: 9783242
    Abstract: A lateral end of a cowl panel is provided with an airflow outlet duct having an airflow outlet hole in a side surface of a front fender. The airflow outlet hole is located below a rising start section of a front pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoto Watanabe, Yusaku Dogahira
  • Patent number: 9745000
    Abstract: A multifunctional support configured for mounting of functional elements of a motor vehicle on the vehicle body, the multifunctional support including: securing elements for securing the multifunctional support to at least one associated element of the body, or a fender support and/or a liner of an A-pillar; and mounting elements for maintaining at least one headlamp and/or a bonnet on the multifunctional support, the headlamp performing a lighting function and the bonnet closing a vehicle engine compartment when in the closed bonnet position. The support includes mounting elements for maintaining all or part of a header tank on the multifunctional support, the header tank configured to collect water and/or separate air to be conveyed to a ventilation circuit of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Barreiro, Julien Le Roy
  • Patent number: 9731672
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a pair of right and left front wheels, a pair of right and left rear wheels, a main frame positioned between the front wheels and the rear wheels and defining a cabin in the main frame, and a cabin front wall defining a front end of the cabin. The cabin front wall includes a cabin front wall body separating the cabin and a bonnet chamber provided ahead of the cabin, and includes a wheel housing wall separating between the cabin and each of right and left front wheel housings. The utility vehicle further includes a cabin guard covering an outer surface of the cabin front wall body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyoshi Kosuge, Kazumasa Hisada, Masato Kinoshita, Masayuki Shibata, Ryo Nishio, Yuichi Fujii, Takeshi Tanaka, Takuma Komatsu, Hirotaka Fujiki
  • Patent number: 9731774
    Abstract: The front pillar includes a pillar outer panel and a pillar inner panel. The pillar outer panel is disposed on an outside in a vehicle width direction. The pillar inner panel is disposed on an inside in the vehicle width direction. The pillar outer panel and the pillar inner panel form a closed cross-section. A cowl extends in the vehicle width direction and includes a cowl-side bent portion. The cowl-side bent portion is an end of the cowl on the outside in the vehicle width direction that is bent toward a rear side in a vehicle front-rear direction, and laid and welded on the outside in the vehicle width direction of a front end of the pillar inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Teramoto, Hideyuki Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9643480
    Abstract: An assembly bearing arrangement for a motor vehicle includes an assembly bearing having a bearing housing, a vibration-damping bearing, and a bearing core connectable to a power train element. The bearing housing is connected with a body-fixed carrier part by a first fastening element, oriented in a direction that differs from a vertical direction, in a torsion-resistant manner, and by a second fastening element, oriented substantially in the vertical axis direction. A U-shaped stop bracket bridges the bearing core and is firmly connected to the bearing housing. The bearing core is formed with diametrically opposite stop arms, which in basic position are spaced from legs of the stop bracket by a gap distance. A first stop buffer is arranged on inner surfaces of the stop bracket and/or the bearing core, and second stop buffers are arranged on the legs of the stop bracket and/or the stop arms between the legs and the stop arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Marek Bujak, Stefan Vollmann
  • Patent number: 9623913
    Abstract: A cowl structure includes a cowl main body and a gutter extension. The cowl main body runs along a lower edge of a windshield, and has (i) a gutter open toward a vehicle upper side, (ii) an inlet port through a rear wall portion for drawing outside air into a vehicle cabin, and (iii) a glass support that supports a lower end of the windshield. The gutter extension (a) extends forwardly and downwardly from a front end of the glass support (b) has a length in the vehicle width direction, (c) is concave toward the vehicle upper side, (d) is located in a range of the vehicle width direction that includes a range of the inlet port, and (e) includes a water drainage outlet that causes water received by the gutter extension to fall from a position offset in the vehicle width direction with respect to the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yohei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9487238
    Abstract: In a side member outer panel, a second panel portion is formed contiguously to a first panel portion with first ridge line interposed therebetween, and third panel portion is formed contiguously to second panel portion with second ridge line intersecting first ridge line at an acute angle interposed therebetween. A bead with a V shaped cross-section, formed by part of first panel portion and part of third panel portion, extends from an intersection point of the first and second ridge lines. A hood outer panel is disposed along the first ridge line, with a first parting portion formed between the hood outer panel and the second panel portion. A fender panel is disposed along the second ridge line, with a second parting portion formed between the fender panel and the second panel portion and with a third parting portion formed between the fender panel and a hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Iwano, Junichi Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9485881
    Abstract: An inverter cover for covering an inverter provided in a front space which is formed in front of a vehicle room in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, by partitioning the vehicle room with a vehicle body panel, includes: a body part for covering an upper face of the inverter; and an extended part extended rearward from the body part so as to be positioned between a connecting part which is provided in a rear part of the inverter and to which a harness is connected, and an edge part which is protruded frontward from the vehicle body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsubishi Jidosha Engineering Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeo Nagamori, Masaru Ohkado, Katsumi Nishimura, Toshihiko Ando, Shoji Tanizawa
  • Patent number: 9469351
    Abstract: A structure for a motor vehicle, particularly a passenger car, includes a front wall delimiting a passenger cabin toward the front, which extends between lateral vehicle pillars of the structure, and a carrier element which extends in transverse direction of the vehicle. The carrier element is supported by a front side of the front wall and at least to some extent overlaps the lateral vehicle pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sabine Roehrl, Thomas Weiss, Ferdinand Dirschmid
  • Patent number: 9440680
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle cowl structure including: a cowl main body section that forms an S-shaped cross-section configured from an upper side curved portion a lower side curved portion curving, and in which an upper portion extending from the upper side curved portion toward the vehicle front-rear direction rear side is joined to a lower face of a lower end portion of a front windshield, and a lower portion is joined to a dash panel; and a front side reinforcement member that curves to as to bulge out toward the vehicle front-rear direction front side, in which an upper end portion is joined to a location between the upper side curved portion and the lower side curved portion, and a lower end portion is joined to a location between the lower side curved portion and the lower portion joined to the dash panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Saeki
  • Patent number: 9394019
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a toe board panel that extends in a width direction of the vehicle body rotatably supporting wheels of the vehicle and that divides the vehicle body into a front compartment and a passenger compartment, and an A-pillar connected with the toe board panel in a part corresponding to a front corner or a rear corner of the passenger compartment in a side part of the vehicle body. The toe board panel has an inner flange provided on an end thereof in the width direction. The A-pillar has an outer flange. The toe board panel and the A-pillar are joined such that a joined section joining the inner flange and the outer flange is bent outward in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 9381948
    Abstract: A cowl top cover is disclosed that can be placed flush with a windshield and that makes it possible to efficiently absorb an impact load by appropriately allowing the windshield to deform, when the windshield is subjected to the impact load. The cowl top cover according to the present invention includes: a glass-parallel portion including an outer surface that is flush with the windshield at a rear end portion of a cover-main-body portion. The glass-parallel portion includes at least single linear fragile portion having a reduced thickness of the glass-parallel portion along the vehicle width direction. The fragile portion is configured to be deformable or breakable when the cover-main-body portion is subjected to a load equal to or greater than a predetermined magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nihon Plast Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Takei, Hidehiko Osada, Norio Hayakawa, Naoto Onuma
  • Patent number: 9371093
    Abstract: Vehicle structures for dissipating energy associated with an impact are described herein. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes an A-pillar support having a first engagement surface that is oriented forward in a vehicle longitudinal direction. The first engagement surface extends across at least a portion of the A-pillar support in a vehicle lateral direction. The vehicle also includes an upper side member assembly that is coupled to and extends forward from the A-pillar support. The upper side member assembly includes an upper side member outer portion and an upper side member inner portion that is coupled to the upper side member outer portion and is positioned inboard of the upper side member outer portion in the vehicle lateral direction. The upper side member assembly also includes a second engagement surface that is oriented to face rearward and to face the first engagement surface of the A-pillar support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam D. Holmstrom, Carlos M. Briceno
  • Patent number: 9359010
    Abstract: A cowl-top cover capable of restraining a resistance force with respect to a load from a direction crossing a front glass face while improving its related appearance is provided. A cover main body portion is provided with a cover mounting portion adapted to be inserted into and engaged with, in a direction crossing a front glass face, an engagement receptacle portion disposed along a longitudinal direction at an edge part of a front glass from one end part in the longitudinal direction. The cover main body portion is provided with a low rigidity portion along the longitudinal direction at a position spaced from the cover mounting portion to an opposite side to the front glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Hayakawa, Hidehiko Osada, Daisuke Takei, Naoto Onuma
  • Patent number: 9333990
    Abstract: A connection structure may include at least one of left/right front pillars and a cowl, wherein the cowl may include a lower cowl having a body plate extended in a width direction of the vehicle and defining a lower portion of the cowl and a first flange, and an upper cowl covering an upper portion of the lower cowl, wherein the front pillar includes an inner front pillar forming an inner side portion of the front pillar in the width direction of the vehicle, and an outer front pillar forming an outer side portion of the front pillar in the width direction of the vehicle, and wherein the lower cowl is fixedly coupled to the front pillar by at least one inner side surface of the body plate and the first flange contacting an outer side surface of the inner front pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seongsu Shin