Wheel Housing Or Fender Patents (Class 296/198)
  • Patent number: 10906597
    Abstract: A car comprising a pair of front wheels, a pair of rear wheels, an outer body having a front hood and a front bumper, and a passenger compartment formed inside the outer body between the front and the rear wheels and frontally delimited by a windscreen connected with the front hood; the car being also provided with: an aerodynamic duct extending between an inlet opening formed through the front bumper and an outlet opening formed through the front hood to allow an ascending air flow during the travel of the car; and a wing-shaped profile positioned at the inlet opening and configured to increase the air suction effect by means of the duct during the travel of the car and to increase the front aerodynamic load on the car by acting as a spoiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: FERRARI S.p.A.
    Inventor: Matteo Biancalana
  • Patent number: 10843738
    Abstract: A front vehicle-body structure of a vehicle, comprising a dash panel constituting a partition wall which is positioned at a front side of a cabin portion of the vehicle, a pair of right-and-left hinge pillars connected to both ends of the dash panel and extending in a vehicle vertical direction, an instrument panel member interconnecting the hinge pillars in a vehicle width direction in the cabin portion, a suspension tower provided to be spaced forwardly apart from the dash panel and supporting an upper end of a front suspension damper, a heat-insulating inner upper portion connecting the suspension tower and the dash panel, and an instrument-panel connecting member connecting a portion of the dash panel which is positioned in the vicinity of a rear end of the heat-insulating inner upper portion and the instrument panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuki Yamauchi, Hidenori Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10780846
    Abstract: A utility vehicle comprises a vehicle body frame including: side frame sections, a cabin frame section, and a cross frame section; and a frame cover including a dash cover section disposed forward of seats, and a tire upper cover section disposed forward of the dash cover section and above a front wheel, the frame cover defining a frame accommodating space. The frame cover is provided with an opening through which the frame accommodating space and an outside region are in communication with each other, the vehicle body frame being configured to pass through the opening. A discharge port is disposed below the opening to discharge water to an outside region. A guide is provided in the frame accommodating space, and includes a guide surface inclined in a downward direction toward the discharge port, to guide the water in the frame accommodating space to the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Nakamura, Kazunori Yamada
  • Patent number: 10752294
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle with a removable outer body panel and a detachable tail lamp support, and a corresponding method. An example method includes connecting a subassembly to a body of a motor vehicle, where the subassembly includes an outer body panel connected to a tail lamp support. This arrangement permits detachment of the tail lamp support from the outer body panel, which allows a user to detach the outer body panel from the body without having to detach the tail lamp support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Darrin Wagner, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 10745063
    Abstract: A vehicle rear portion structure includes an upper back and an upper back reinforcement. The upper back reinforcement is made of a material different from the upper back and is provided to extend in a vehicle width direction on an upper side of a rear portion of the upper back in a vehicle front-rear direction. The upper back reinforcement includes a front flange, a rear flange, a bulging portion, and a luggage opening flange. Luggage weather rubber is attached to the luggage opening flange. The upper back is joined to the rear flange of the upper back reinforcement at a rear end portion of the upper back in the vehicle front-rear direction by any of caulking joining, bolt joining, and rivet joining. A rear side joining portion is covered with the luggage weather rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshinobu Takashi
  • Patent number: 10696331
    Abstract: A vehicle body has an inner body structure and an outer body skin, wherein the body structure has, in the region of a vehicle front end, a left supporting carrier and a right supporting carrier and a left suspension strut cup and a right suspension strut cup for accommodating respective suspension struts belonging to the chassis of the vehicle. Each suspension strut cup lies on the side of the associated supporting carrier facing the longitudinal center plane of the vehicle. The body skin has, in the region of the vehicle front end, a left front body side part, a right front body side part, and a front hood arranged between said front body side parts. The left front body side part covers the left suspension strut cup. The right front body side part covers the right suspension strut cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Akteingesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Haas, Gerhard Fichtinger
  • Patent number: 10556627
    Abstract: A shock tower assembly includes a shock tower body comprised of a polymer composite material, at least one reinforcement member integrated into the shock tower body, and a wheel cover comprised of the polymer composite material and integrated into the shock tower body to form a single-piece component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, USA, LLC
    Inventors: Yang Cao, Pankaj Ghevarchand Bedmutha, Louis Moreau-Gentien
  • Patent number: 10456963
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns component carriers including: (i) a first support structure having a generally rectangular cross-section; and (ii) a second support structure having a generally rectangular cross-section, where the first support structure and the second support structure are formed of fiber-filled polypropylene; and where the component carrier is configured to be part of an electrical vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Zhongcai Tong, Chao Liu, Zhen Yu Xie, Chuangqi Guo
  • Patent number: 9840202
    Abstract: A motor vehicle hybrid panel assembly includes a body formed of a metallic sheet having multiple apertures created therein. At least one reinforcement member of a polymeric material is integrally connected to the body proximate to and surrounding at least two of the multiple apertures. At least one connecting member of the polymeric material is integrally connected to each of the at least one reinforcement member, and extends away from the at least two of the multiple apertures on the body. At least one joining member of the polymeric material is integrally connected to the at least one reinforcement member and integrally connected to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: DURA Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Suhant Prajwal Reddy Ranga, Alex Mark Langreet
  • Patent number: 9809261
    Abstract: A vehicle body lateral structure includes a rear strake which is provided with a mounting part for being mounted on a plate-shaped member of a side sill through a rear inner fender, a bolt fastening surface which protrudes from the mounting part by a first protrusion amount toward the front of the vehicle, and a bolt through-hole which opens from the bolt fastening surface toward the front of the vehicle. The rear inner fender includes a cut-out section which has a larger diameter than the bolt fastening surface. A stepped bolt includes in its axial direction, a screw portion which screws into a nut fixed to the plate-shaped member of the side sill, a small-diameter cylindrical portion, and a flange portion which has a smaller diameter than the bolt fastening surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiko Emura
  • Patent number: 9725122
    Abstract: A front vehicle body structure may include front upper side members extending in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle and disposed at both left and right sides in a width direction of the vehicle, fender apron upper members which are divided into two while extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, disposed at both left and right sides in the width direction of the vehicle, and disposed above the front upper side members in the height direction of the vehicle, first joints mounted on the front upper side members, second joints connecting two fender apron upper members, and a shock absorber mounting reinforcing member connecting the second joint and the second joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Heeju Kim
  • Patent number: 9650082
    Abstract: The vehicle floor assembly comprises a floor and at least one attachment device for attachment of a vehicle safety component to the floor, the attachment device comprising a anchoring part for anchoring the attachment device to the floor and an attachment part for attaching a safety component to the attachment device. The anchoring part is received and sandwiched between two opposed walls of a box structure of the floor, the attachment part being accessible through an opening provided in one of the two walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: FAURECIA BLOC AVANT
    Inventor: Yang Cao
  • Patent number: 9604674
    Abstract: A rear pillar inner provided at a side panel inner and extending upward from a front-side upper portion of a rear wheel house, a rear pillar reinforcement joined to an outside portion of the rear pillar inner, and an outside reinforcing member connecting an outside portion of the side panel inner and the rear wheel house are provided. The rear pillar reinforcement has a rear-side pillar-reinforcement ridge portion extending vertically. The outside reinforcing member has a front-side reinforcing-member ridge portion extending vertically. A lower end portion of the rear pillar reinforcement and an upper end portion of the outside reinforcing member are joined such that the both ridge portions are arranged to align substantially straightly, when viewed from the side, and to slant in such a manner that an upper side thereof is positioned relatively forward compared to a lower side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Fujii, Shuji Muraoka, Toshiharu Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9487243
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a side sill formed of high strength steel and a seat cross-member formed of high strength steel. A floor pan is welded to at least one of the side sill and the seat cross-member. A flange includes a base extending from the seat cross-member and a tab extending from the base. The tab is spaced from the seat cross-member and is welded to the floor pan and the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yi Qu, Michael Luchtman, Chris Stephen O'Connor, John Michael McGuckin, Randall R. Frank
  • Patent number: 9371092
    Abstract: A reinforcing structure for a package tray side member provides a rigid connection between the package tray side member and a vehicle body while enabling the package tray side member to be re-positioned towards a rear end of a vehicle. The package tray side member is re-positioned so as to be located between a rear end of the vehicle and a seat belt retractor and a shock absorber. Upper and lower end portions of the package tray side member are reinforced, and are respectively coupled to a package tray side panel of a vehicle and to a floor upper side member of a floor panel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hyeong Gyu Park, Byung Jin Kim, Hee Dae Oh
  • Patent number: 9321495
    Abstract: A method of assembling a front end assembly of a vehicle is provided. The method includes integrally forming a positioning and reinforcement structure having a relatively rectilinear configuration comprising a top support member, a bottom support member, a first side member and a second side member. The method also includes detachably coupling a first wing structure to the first side member. The method further includes operably mounting a first fender assembly to a first side flange of the first wing structure. The method yet further includes operably coupling a centering bracket proximate the top support member. The method also includes locating and centering the positioning and reinforcement structure to a hood with the centering bracket. The method further includes fixedly securing the positioning and reinforcement structure to a radiator support disposed rearwardly of the positioning and reinforcement structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: James M. Townson, Mark L. Felzien, Alexander C. Winter, David R. Galloway, Arthur M. Melander, Christopher C. Cook
  • Patent number: 9272738
    Abstract: A structure for connecting a wheel house panel with a rear floor of a vehicle, which connects the rear floor forming a rear portion of a bottom of the vehicle with the wheel house panel on which shock absorber mounting brackets attached to both sides of the rear floor and supporting a shock absorber are mounted may include a first member bending between a lower end of an inner side of the wheel house panel and a side of the rear floor, with both ends attached to the wheel house panel and the rear floor, respectively, a second member vertically elongated and attached to an outer side of the wheel house panel and disposed behind the shock absorber mounting brackets, and a third member vertically elongated and attached to the outer side of the wheel house panel and disposed in front of the shock absorber mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: In-Bum Lee, Ji-Won Chang
  • Patent number: 9242674
    Abstract: A structure for reinforcing a rear vehicle body may include a roof side rail extending in the longitudinal direction of a vehicle and forming the roof of the vehicle which is overlapped and coupled to a quarter panel extending rearward in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and coupled to the upper portions of a rear pillar, a rear wheel housing, and a rear combination, and the rear end of the roof side rail in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle is extended and coupled to the rear end of the quarter panel in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Cho, Yong Dok An
  • Patent number: 9168957
    Abstract: A vehicle body rear structure includes an upper back cross-sectional portion which forms a skeleton frame cross member that is elongated in a vehicle width direction, a bracket package tray which is located on a vehicle rear side of the upper back cross-sectional portion and joined to the upper back cross-sectional portion, a roof side inner which is located on a vehicle top side of a wheel house, a roof side outer which is located outside an extended portion and the roof side inner in a vehicle width direction and which has a front end portion which is joined to the upper back cross-sectional portion and a rear end portion which is joined to a bracket package tray, and a bulk connector which couples the roof side outer and the upper back cross-sectional portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norimasa Yano
  • Patent number: 9039074
    Abstract: A wheel liner comprises a rigid frame with relatively large openings rather than a continuous surface. Non-woven fibers or potential other similar materials which are often less rigid than the frame are inserted over the openings of the frame. The resulting wheel liner is less expensive, lighter, more aesthetically pleasing, and possessing superior sound dampening capabilities than a conventional prior art wheel liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Dan Leuciuc, Alexandru Oltean
  • Publication number: 20150130224
    Abstract: A bracket for protecting a flange of a body of a vehicle includes a first portion, a second portion, and a channel defined between the first and second portions. The channel receives the flange. The bracket includes a back side and adhesive disposed on the back side. A front side of the bracket is disposed opposite the back side. A transition surface on the front side slopes inwardly from the first portion to the second portion for deflecting a wheel away from the flange during an offset impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Fungtai Charles Ko, Leonard Anthony Shaner
  • Publication number: 20150108792
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a rear fender module for arrangement on a side panel of a motor vehicle body. The rear fender module includes a fender shell and at least one add-on part arranged thereon. The fender shell has at least two fastening sites for detachable fastening on the side panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Publication number: 20150108791
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body is disclosed which includes at least one rear wheel house and a reinforcing structure for connecting a shock absorber in the region of the wheel house. The reinforcing structure includes a reinforcing profile arranged on an outside of the wheel house facing a rear wheel, and extends with a spring plate connecting piece provided for fastening a spring plate from a lower side of the wheel house to an upper apex portion of the wheel house. The reinforcing profile located in the region of the upper apex portion of the wheel house includes a middle profile portion with a shock absorber connection, to which a shock absorber can be fastened with an end portion facing away from the rear wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 8991907
    Abstract: A front vehicle body reinforcing structure may include front side members and front fender apron members. The front side members are formed to be extended in a length direction of a vehicle, are disposed at both left and right sides in a width direction of the vehicle, respectively, and each includes a front tip portion that is positioned at a front side in the length direction of the vehicle. Each of the front fender apron members is provided with a front tip portion that is formed to match the front tip portion of a respective front side member in the length direction of the vehicle to be coupled to the front tip portion of the respective front side member, and formed to be extended in the length direction of the vehicle. The structure effectively reduces impact of a frontal collision accident by increasing structural rigidity of the front vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kyeong Jae Kim, Ildo Kim, Yun Chang Kim
  • Patent number: 8985605
    Abstract: A rear shock absorber mounting structure for a vehicle includes a rear shock absorber upper cover which may be mounted on a wheel housing and on which a rear shock absorber may be engaged and supported, an inner dual rail member which may be mounted on an inner surface of the wheel housing, which may be oriented toward a vehicle interior along a width direction of a vehicle, and an outer dual rail member which may be mounted on an outer surface of the wheel housing, which may be oriented toward an outside of the vehicle interior along the width direction of the vehicle, and thereby, the rear shock absorber mounting structure may be configured by a simple structure, and mounting stiffness of the rear shock absorber may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Cho, Dae Seung Kim
  • Patent number: 8979102
    Abstract: A retractable wheel fairing device for decreasing the aerodynamic drag and/or increasing downforce of a vehicle is described. The device includes a fairing body with a suspension-mounted support system such that the fairing body, when deployed, reciprocates up and downwardly with the corresponding wheel of the vehicle. The suspension-mounted support system is adapted to functionally or physically disengage the wheel fairing device from the suspension of the vehicle upon lifting of the wheel fairing device with a separate retraction system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Prentice
  • Patent number: 8979166
    Abstract: A fender panel mounting structure for a vehicle is configured so that a fender panel can be removed without detaching the corner glass of a non-opening window. The fender panel mounting structure has the triangular non-opening window provided between a front pillar and an outside panel. A protrusion covering the upper frame member of the front pillar is formed at the upper edge of the fender panel covering the outer surface of the outside panel. A flange protruding to the inner surface side of the non-opening window from a side edge of the protrusion, the side edge facing the non-opening window, is provided on the protrusion. A clip having a slit extending in the front-rear direction of the vehicle is provided at the opening edge of the non-opening window at a position corresponding to the flange. The flange is engaged in a releasable manner with the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamanaka, Masashige Iseki, Kousuke Katsumata, Noriaki Masuta
  • Patent number: 8973980
    Abstract: A load-bearing structural component of a motor vehicle body is provided. The structural component is designed as a cast component, and exhibits at least one suspension strut holding fixture and a bulkhead section, which are joined together as a single piece. The cast component is designed as a cast steel component of a fabricated front structural node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 8973981
    Abstract: A wheel well liner for use in the wheel well of motor vehicles has an inner surface defining one or more acoustical sections. Each acoustical section includes a pattern of irregular or convoluted portions configured and arranged to absorb/attenuation sound. A layer of flock material is deposited on the inner surface of the wheel well liner to enhance aesthetics and provide supplemental sound attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Techstyles, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Vaughn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8960725
    Abstract: A fender is disclosed for use with a mobile machine. The fender may have a first wall, a plurality of corrugations formed within the first wall and extending in a lengthwise direction, and a second wall spaced apart from the first wall to at least partially form a hollow enclosure. The fender may also have a first lip integral with a lengthwise edge of the first wall and a lengthwise edge of the second wall and extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the first and second walls; and a lengthwise recess disposed within the first lip. The first wall, the second wall, and the first lip may be fabricated from a plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Rund, Scott R. Miller
  • Publication number: 20150035316
    Abstract: According to a vehicle-body front structure, when a collision load caused at the time of a front end collision is input into a front part of a connecting member fixed to a front end of an apron upper member, a protruding member protruding outwardly in a vehicle width direction from a front part of a side-member main body is able to interfere with the front part of the connecting member from a vehicle rear side. This makes it possible to improve a transmission efficiency of the collision load between the connecting member and the front side member. Besides, the front part of the connecting member is reinforced by a bulk head, thereby making it possible to restrain the front part from being deformed by the collision load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Kosuke Sakakibara, Akihiro Tamaoki, Masanobu Ohmi, Tatsuya Ayukawa
  • Patent number: 8931826
    Abstract: A load transmitting member comprising a rising face portion rising from a floor panel and a facing face portion facing a portion of the side panel between a rear edge portion of a rear-door opening portion and a rear-wheel house portion and having its short longitudinal width is arranged on an inward side of a side panel. The load transmitting member is fixed to a front portion of the rear-wheel house portion directly or via a bracket. The load transmitting member can be arranged so as not to prevent a smooth ingress/egress action of a passenger, and a proper load-transmission function of the load transmission member when the impact load is inputted to a rear door from the vehicle side can be attained so as to effectively restrain the rear door from coming into a vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshimura, Shigeaki Watanabe, Sakayu Terada, Katsuyoshi Ishigame, Yuichi Sugimura
  • Patent number: 8925992
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided with a bodywork section, a fender and an insulating device. Between the bodywork section and the fender a free space is formed. The insulating device for noise and/or moisture insulation is arranged between a drive region and a passenger compartment of the vehicle in the free space. The insulating device along its longitudinal extension L comprises first lateral support regions, with which it supports itself on the bodywork section and on the fender. The insulating device comprises second lateral support regions, with which the insulating device supports itself angularly with respect to the longitudinal extension L on the bodywork section and on the fender. The insulating device comprises third lateral support regions, with which the insulating device supports itself parallel to the longitudinal extension and offset in or against the travelling direction F of the vehicle on the bodywork section and on the fender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Thilo Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8919869
    Abstract: A vehicle rear body structure includes rear floor panels, rear wheel housings, and rear side extensions. The rear side extensions each have a first joined portion that is joined to a breadthways outer end of each of the rear floor panels, a second joined portion that is joined to an rear end of each of the rear wheel housings, a side portion that is an uprising slanted portion extending from the rear end of the first joined portion to the second joined portion, a surface portion surrounded by the first joined portion, the second joined portion, and the side portion, and an extending portion joined to a flange portion of a rear pillar, wherein the side portion is configured to have higher stiffness or strength than at least the surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jun Horiguchi, Chikashi Nagashima
  • Patent number: 8919474
    Abstract: A rear wheel is attached to a side of a rear vehicle body. A platform is attached to the side of the rear vehicle body so as to be located above the rear wheel. The platform is provided with an opening formed by a through hole, and the opening is located within a range obtained by projecting the rear wheel upwardly and located on the rear vehicle body side with respect to a center (center line A-A) of a width A1 of the rear wheel when the rear wheel is viewed from above. A plate member extending only in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body in the opening is provided. As a result, there can be obtained a wheel loader having good workability in inspection and maintenance of an engine room front and having good driver's rearward visibility during the operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Masuda, Shirou Kanamori
  • Patent number: 8905465
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hinge and support member arrangement for providing a hinged connection between a bonnet and a body structure of a vehicle. The hinge and support member arrangement comprises a hinge mechanism providing a hinged connection for opening and closing of the bonnet, and a support member adapted to be attached to the body structure of the vehicle and further adapted to carry a fender. In addition, the hinge mechanism is adapted to be connected to the body structure via the support member. The disclosure further relates to a support member for use in such a hinge and support member arrangement and a vehicle comprising such a hinge and support member arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Landholm, Peter Lindmark
  • Patent number: 8905419
    Abstract: A rear structure of a saddle-ride type vehicle for preventing rainwater or the like splashed by a rear wheel from entering a fresh air inlet of an engine intake system. The rear structure of a saddle-ride type vehicle includes a rear fender halved into a first fender and a second fender connected to each other. The first fender is formed with a hanging portion so as to cover the rear and upside of a rear wheel and the second fender covering the upside of the rear wheel with a fresh air inlet being provided lateral to and in front of the rear wheel. The first fender and the second fender are disposed to overlap each other in an anteroposterior direction. The second fender is disposed on the vehicle-widthwise inside of the first fender. The second fender has anteroposteriorly and downwardly extending sidewalls at both vehicle-widthwise lateral end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Masanori Nakamura, Takasumi Yamanaka, Michio Atsuchi, Masashi Nagayama, Kyosuke Inada, Noriyoshi Sasaki, Yoshihiro Arai
  • Patent number: 8899659
    Abstract: Vehicles are described including a cab having a door opening on a side thereof, a chassis that supports the cab, two or more steps leading to the door opening, each of which is supported by the cab or the chassis, wherein the steps are placed within the recesses in the cab or chassis, and a door connected to the cab, wherein the door fits within the door opening, and the door comprises a lower door extension having a lower edge that terminates near to an upper surface of a lowermost step, the lower door extension covers a majority of the one or more recesses, and the lower door extension extends outboard to match the outboard extension of a fender or exterior cab side panel to provide a coplanar transition from the fender to the door, or from the door to the exterior cab side panel, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventor: Gerald J. Angelo
  • Patent number: 8888171
    Abstract: A selectively detachable fender brace system includes a structural fender assembly comprising an outer fender panel comprising an outer upper attachment flange having a brace bore disposed therein and an inner fender panel comprising an inner upper attachment flange having a first blind slot extending inwardly toward an engine compartment and rearwardly to a first slot opening, the inner fender panel attached to the outer fender panel with the inner upper attachment flange disposed below the outer upper attachment flange and brace bore proximate the first blind slot; a brace comprising a fender end having a fender bore extending therethrough and an opposed wall end that is detachably attached to a cross-vehicle wall of the engine compartment; and a threaded fastener that is disposed through the brace bore, first blind slot and fender bore configured to apply a predetermined clamping force and forming a selectively detachable fender attachment joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Green
  • Patent number: 8882152
    Abstract: A fender assembly is disclosed for use with a mobile machine. The fender assembly may have a fender with an upper wall, a lower wall, and a frame configured to support the fender. The upper and lower walls may be spaced apart to at least partially form a hollow enclosure. The fender assembly may also have at least one boss extending from the frame at least partially through the hollow enclosure, and at least one fastener configured to engage the at least one boss and press the upper and lower walls toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Rund, Scott R. Miller, Craig N. Cotterman
  • Patent number: 8876194
    Abstract: A vehicle front body structure includes a front side member, an A-pillar and a strut tower. The front side member extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction. The A-pillar is coupled to the front side member. The strut tower is positioned forward of the A-pillar and has an inboard side fixedly attached to an outboard section of the front side member. The strut tower also defines a force receiving surface extending between the inboard side and an outboard side. The force receiving surface of the strut tower is configured and arranged to receive a force directed rearward in the vehicle longitudinal direction and redirect at least a portion of the force in a vehicle lateral direction toward the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Dix, Ryan Corby, Joyce Lam
  • Patent number: 8864204
    Abstract: A center panel assembly for a body of a vehicle includes a left cover, a right cover, a top cover, and a plurality of fasteners. The top cover is releasably attached to the left cover with at least a first one of the plurality of fasteners and is releasably attached to the right cover with at least a second one of the plurality of fasteners. The center panel assembly is configured for releasable attachment to a frame of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Vincent Peterson
  • Patent number: 8851557
    Abstract: A rear fender of a vehicle can include a front-side rear fender forming a front part and a rear-side rear fender attached to a rear portion of the front-side rear fender. The rear-side rear fender can include an outer fender configured to be visually recognized as exterior when viewed from the rear of the vehicle, an inner fender provided inside the outer fender, and a metal rear stay provided between the outer fender and the inner fender. The rear stay is detachably attached to a vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Koyama, Kenji Kawai, Yoshihiro Takanashi, Takashi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140292036
    Abstract: A cabin space structure for an all terrain vehicle that enables optimization of the shape of a dashboard in the case where seats are so arranged that three persons can be seated side by side in the vehicle width direction. The cabin space structure includes seats on which three passengers are seated side by side in the vehicle width direction, a step floor on which the passengers seated on the seats place their feet, wheel wells for left and right front wheels, the wheel wells provided to project rearwardly at a left-side portion and a right-side portion of the step floor and the dashboard disposed forwardly of the seats. The dashboard is adapted to restrict forward movement of the passengers seated on the seats. A left-side portion and a right-side portion of the dashboard are disposed on the rear side relative to a vehicle-width-directionally central portion of the dashboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kosuke KURODA
  • Patent number: 8820822
    Abstract: A wheel house liner for a wheel house of a vehicle includes a main body and at least one flange along at least a portion of an end of the main body, the at least one flange forming a hemmed edge. The wheel house liner also includes a bonding agent to hold the at least one flange and the main body together, and at least one fastener hole. The main body is formed by a forming machine. The at least one flange is then formed by bending, by a bending tool, at least a portion of an end of the main body. The bonding agent may be applied to the portion of the end before or after the forming of the at least one flange. Finally, the hemmed edge is formed by folding, by the bending tool, the at least one flange against the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wayne R. Witkop, Joseph C. Simmer
  • Patent number: 8801089
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body is provided. The motor vehicle body includes a sill extending under a door opening and a fender fastened to the sill. A sill bulkhead seals off an inner hollow space of the sill at a face end and a first fastening point on the sill bulkhead fastens the fender to the sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Roland Lessmeister
  • Patent number: 8801088
    Abstract: A front vehicle body reinforcing structure includes: an upper reinforcing member and a lower reinforcing member attached to an upper portion and a lower portion of the shock absorber housing panel; and a front reinforcing rail and a rear reinforcing rail attached to a front side and a rear side of the shock absorber housing panel in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, respectively, thereby enhancing strength of a front vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kyunghee Lee, Yong Kew Kim
  • Publication number: 20140217781
    Abstract: A wheel house liner for a wheel house of a vehicle includes a main body and at least one flange along at least a portion of an end of the main body, the at least one flange forming a hemmed edge. The wheel house liner also includes a bonding agent to hold the at least one flange and the main body together, and at least one fastener hole. The main body is formed by a forming machine. The at least one flange is then formed by bending, by a bending tool, at least a portion of an end of the main body. The bonding agent may be applied to the portion of the end before or after the forming of the at least one flange. Finally, the hemmed edge is formed by folding, by the bending tool, the at least one flange against the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Wayne R. Witkop, Joseph C. Simmer
  • Publication number: 20140197662
    Abstract: A wheel opening fender panel assembly for a vehicle includes an upper panel, a lower portion defining at least one leg and a coupler for removably coupling the upper panel and the lower portion. The coupler is a folding coupler or a break-a-way coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Vincent A. Runfola
  • Patent number: 8777300
    Abstract: A shock absorber housing supporting apparatus for a vehicle installed in a front body including a shock absorber housing disposed between a fender apron upper member provided in an upper portion of a fender apron and a front side member provided in a length direction of a vehicle body and having a beam shape, and a cowl connected to a front side of a front glass and having a panel shape, may include a first supporting device connecting the front side member and the fender apron upper member and covering the shock absorber housing in between them, and a second supporting device connecting the front side member and the cowl and covering the shock absorber housing in therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kyeong Jae Kim, Yun Chang Kim