Front Patents (Class 296/203.02)
  • Patent number: 10315701
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pillar member of a vehicle, which is characterized by comprising: a pillar main body portion; and a connecting and joining portion provided on both ends of the pillar main body portion and coupled to a vehicle body. The pillar main body portion and the connecting and joining portion are consecutively formed. The connecting and joining portion includes: a first connecting and joining portion provided on one side of the pillar main body portion; and a second connecting and joining portion provided on the other side of the pillar main body portion so as to face the first connecting and joining portion. The pillar main body portion is consecutively formed through a roll forming technique in a region between the first connecting and joining portion and the second connecting and joining portion, and has an odd number of closed cross section portions formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventors: Don-Gun Kim, Han-Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10252750
    Abstract: Provided is a front side frame 2, comprising: a main frame 201; and reinforcing members 30, 40, 50 disposed inside the main frame 2, wherein the reinforcing member 30 includes partition wall portions 31b, 32d, 32e dividing a main closed cross-section C_m of the main frame 201 into a plurality of sub closed-cross sections c, the first to third partition wall portions 31b, 32d, 32e being respectively formed with compression-side ridges 31s, 32s, 32u vertically facing each other and able to come into contact with each other in a deformation of the front side frame 2, and tension-side ridges 31t, 32t, 32v arranged in the same manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Kodama, Masanori Honda, Chikara Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10232892
    Abstract: A motor vehicle dashboard crossbeam includes a tubular beam made in a single piece provided to extend between the A posts of the structure of the motor vehicle substantially in a transverse direction of the motor vehicle and means for fastening a or each end section of the beam on an A post. The fastening means includes a first and second fastening opening in the longitudinal direction, the first opening being formed through the beam. The fastening means also includes a fastening member attached on the end section, the second fastening opening being formed through the fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Laurent Baudart, Grégory Martin
  • Patent number: 10232881
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a corner reinforcement member (22) that connects a damper housing reinforcement member (21) and an upper dash panel reinforcement member (15). The corner reinforcement member (22) is a member having a substantially L-shaped step section (22f), and has a first portion (22a) facing the damper housing reinforcement member (21) in a vehicle body width direction and joined to the damper housing reinforcement member (21), a second portion (22b) extending from the first portion (22a) toward an inner side of a vehicle body in the vehicle body width direction, a third portion (22c) facing the upper dash panel reinforcement member (15) from below and joined to the upper dash panel reinforcement member (15), and a fourth portion (22d) extending downward from the third portion (22c). The first portion (22a) and the third portion (22c) are formed as a continuous surface. The second portion (22b) and the fourth portion (22d) are formed as a continuous surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Saito, Akihisa Kudoh
  • Patent number: 10232894
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure using carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) may include a cowl member extending along a width direction of a vehicle, a front pillar extending along a height direction of the vehicle, and a cowl side member of which an inner side is coupled to a front end of the cowl member and an outer side is coupled to the front pillar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yong Dok An, Byung Il Choi
  • Patent number: 10173731
    Abstract: Present application discloses side chassis structure. Side chassis structure includes: apron reinforcement member; fender panel covering outside of the apron reinforcement member; and brackets connected to the fender panel. At least one of the brackets includes: main body including support portion supporting fender panel; front leg portion extending downward from front end of inner portion of main body in vehicle width direction, front leg portion being attached to apron reinforcement member; and rear leg portion which extends downward from rear end of the main body, rear leg portion being attached to apron reinforcement member. Front leg portion has inner slotted hole having long axis extending in vehicle width direction, and outer slotted hole which is formed outside inner slotted hole in vehicle width direction, outer slotted hole having long axis longer than long axis of inner slotted hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeru Nakauchi, Nobuyuki Nakayama, Takayuki Nakamae
  • Patent number: 10167538
    Abstract: A steel pipe, consisting of, in terms of mass %: from 0.06% to 0.25% of C, 0.50% or less of Si, 1.00% to 1.80% of Mn, 0.030% or less of P, 0.020% or less of S, 0.08% or less of Al, 0.008% or less of N, 0.080% or less of Nb, and a remainder consisting of Fe and unavoidable impurities, wherein a compressive residual stress at an outer surface measured by an X-ray method is 250 MPa or more, and a compressive residual stress at a position at a depth of 1 mm from the outer surface measured by the X-ray method is 70% or more of the compressive residual stress at the outer surface measured by the X-ray method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yosuke Kiyota, Takaaki Fukushi, Hideyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10160418
    Abstract: An impact absorbing member is provided below a fascia upper member (upper-face forming member) which forms an upper face of a front end portion of a vehicle. The impact absorbing member comprises a front side part which includes a front wall portion, a top wall portion, and a rear wall portion so as to have a U-shaped cross section opening downward and a flat-plate shaped rear side part which extends rearward from a lower end of the rear wall portion. A rear end portion of the rear side part is held at a radiator shroud as a vehicle-body-side member, and the rear side part is configured to slant obliquely forward and downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideaki Onishi, Ryo Komuta, Kenji Ohtani, Hiroyuki Yoshimoto, Hiroshi Sogabe, Masatoki Kito, Kazuya Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10137934
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a front side frame body provided on the front portion of the vehicle body, the front side frame including a front frame extending to the longitudinal direction and a rear frame extending downward from the rear end portion of the front frame to the rear direction, the rear portion of the front frame has a front bulkhead and a rear bulkhead which are longitudinally spaced from each other, a recessed portion which recesses the outside wall outside in the width direction of the vehicle to the inside in the width direction of the vehicle, and the recessed portion is positioned between the front bulkhead and the rear bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Nakamoto, Yuki Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10118647
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure having an increased capability to absorb impact in a front end of a tunnel member. The vehicle body structure includes a dash lower panel, a dash cross member and the tunnel member. The dash cross member has a convex shape with a central portion located forward of both ends in the vehicle width direction in plan view. The tunnel member has a tunnel closed cross-sectional portion constituting a part of the central portion of the dash cross member, a front fragile portion provided forward of the tunnel closed cross-sectional portion, and a rear tunnel member provided rearward of the tunnel closed cross-sectional portion. The front fragile portion has a lower compressive strength than that of the rear tunnel member, against a load from the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayasu Yoshida, Tomohito Kamada, Kiyohiko Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10118649
    Abstract: An auxiliary frame for a front axle of a two-track motor vehicle includes lateral longitudinal members extending in a longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle; front and rear cross members, said lateral longitudinal members converging at respective front and rear corner-joint parts with the front and rear cross members; at least one rear control arm console having console wings, with a rear wheel control arm of a wheel suspension of the motor vehicle being articulately connected between the console wings, one of the console wings having a mounting section; and at least one mount support for supporting an aggregate mount for a drive aggregate of the vehicle, wherein the mount support is formed on the mounting section of the one of the console wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Christian Isakiewitsch
  • Patent number: 10099726
    Abstract: A body for a vehicle includes an A-pillar defining a C-channel along a first surface of the A-pillar. The body further includes a support disposed within the C-channel and defining a shape matching the C-channel to mate the support along an entirety of the first surface via pre-formed spot welds aligned with the first surface. The welds are defined along a single plane being parallel to the first surface, wherein the welds are spaced to secure the support within the C-channel to form flush contact between the support and the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Rowe, Armando Zuniga, Alejandro Eli Acosta Flores, Omar Fragoso Medina
  • Patent number: 10086880
    Abstract: A battery support structure of a vehicle includes a number of battery support members installed on a bottom surface of a rear floor of a vehicle body to support a battery unit. The battery support members include cross members for battery support extending in a widthwise direction of the vehicle body. A pair of side sills is installed on opposite sides of the rear floor. A rear cross member is installed on the bottom surface of the rear floor. At least one of the plurality of cross members for battery support is connected to the rear cross member and the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kyung Hoon Son, Ki Hwan Kim, Ki Nam Kang
  • Patent number: 10065685
    Abstract: A body structure of a motor vehicle includes two substantially parallel longitudinal reinforcing side members, a body side superstructure connected to the side members, rising above the side members and defining, on either side of the vehicle, two wheel arch housing portions of the vehicle. The two wheel arch housing portions are connected by a floor portion of the vehicle, offset vertically relative to the side members and positioned above the side members. The structure also includes at least one rear shock absorber attachment cup at each wheel arch housing portion. The at least one rear shock absorber attachment cup is assembled to the side superstructure, and assembled to a side member by a raising part connecting the cup and only a portion of the side member, having a width, measured in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, substantially equal to that of the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Olivier Rioult, Jerome Caillard, Thierry Hlubina
  • Patent number: 10023232
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes: a bracket 21 that is placed on a lower portion of a front side frame 12; and a front subframe 16 that is attached to a lower portion of the bracket with a bolt 22. The bracket includes: a closed-end hollow bracket body 30 that is suspended from the front side frame; a bulkhead 40 that is located above a bottom plate 31 of the bracket body and vertically partitions the bracket body; and a collar 50 that extends from the bulkhead to the bottom plate of the bracket body. A thickness t2 of the bulkhead is smaller than a thickness t1 of the bracket body. The bulkhead joined to the bracket body has a bulkhead-side flange 44 joined to the front side frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Kita, Kanji Kaneko, Hirotaka Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10017210
    Abstract: Spring strut domes for use with vehicle bodies can be formed by reshaping a semifinished product into a dome element by way of massive forming. In particular, the semifinished product may be reshaped by rolling, forging, upset-forging, and/or pressing. In this process, structures may be introduced into the dome element that increase the stiffness of the dome element and hence the spring strut dome. Two example structures include ribs and webs, and the dome element may be formed of steel or a steel alloy. In some cases, the semifinished product may be heated before being reshaped into the dome element. Further, the spring strut dome may also include an attaching region coupled to the dome element, which may be used to secure the spring strut dome to a vehicle body. A wall thickness of the attaching region may be equal to or less than 1.5 mm in some examples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Stephan Drewes, Markus Zörnack
  • Patent number: 10017208
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes front side frames of right and left extending over a front-back direction of a vehicle, upper members provided in an outer side in a vehicle width direction of the front side frames and extending over the front-back direction of the vehicle; and connection frame extending over a space between a front end portion of the front side frame and a front end portion of the upper member, the connection frame includes; a diagonal reinforcement member extending forward from an outer side wall surface in the vehicle width direction of the front side frame while inclining toward the outer side in the vehicle width direction; a box-shaped reinforcement portion extending over a space between an inclination surface on the outer side of the diagonal reinforcement member and an inner side wall surface of the upper member and having a closed cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Sekiya
  • Patent number: 9988100
    Abstract: A front vehicle body structure includes: lower side members extended in a length direction of a vehicle, and disposed at left and right sides in a width direction of the vehicle; a dash lower cross reinforcement member extended in the width direction of the vehicle, and to which a rear end of each of the front lower side members in the length direction of the vehicle is coupled; and joints to which the rear ends of the left and right front lower side members and the dash lower cross reinforcement member are coupled, which can result in enhanced structural rigidity of the vehicle front body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Heeju Kim, Mun Soo Cha
  • Patent number: 9902431
    Abstract: A front side frame has a closed section through coupling between a frame main body having a U-shaped section that opens to the outboard side and a back plate that closes the opening of the frame main body. A reinforcing frame having a U-shaped section that opens to the outboard side in a frame widened section of the front side frame is fitted to the inside of the frame main body. A vehicle-width-direction inboard wall of the reinforcing frame is coupled to a vehicle-width-direction inboard wall of the frame main body at a branch point. A portion of the vehicle-width-direction inboard wall in front of the branch point separates from the vehicle-width-direction inboard wall of the frame main body to the outboard side. The opening of the reinforcing frame is closed by the back plate in the front section of the frame widened section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Takeda
  • Patent number: 9896134
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a main frame, a front grille, and right and left headlight assemblies each provided between the front grille and a portion of the main frame facing the front grille in an anteroposterior direction of the utility vehicle, and including a front end attached to a rear side of the front grille and a rear end attached to the portion of the main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Takashi Hisamura, Chad Enger
  • Patent number: 9884659
    Abstract: A vehicle lower section structure including: rockers; a floor tunnel; and a floor cross member that extends along the vehicle width direction and couples the rocker and the floor tunnel together, that includes an upper wall, a front wall extending downward from a front end portion of the upper wall, and a rear wall extending downward from a rear end portion of the upper wall that together with the floor panel configure a closed cross-section, wherein of the front wall and the rear wall, a first cutout portion is formed in a lower edge of an end portion at the rocker side of the wall further from a center pillar, and a second cutout portion that is smaller than the first cutout portion is formed in a lower edge of an end portion at the rocker side of the wall closer to the center pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoichiro Onishi
  • Patent number: 9840284
    Abstract: A cowl side reinforcement structure of a vehicle includes a front pillar outer upper reinforcement member, a hood hinge mounting reinforcement member, and a cowl side reinforcement member. The front pillar outer upper reinforcement member forms a box-shaped cross-section with a cowl side, and forms a welding gun passing hole. The hood hinge mounting reinforcement member partially overlaps the front pillar outer upper reinforcement member. The cowl side reinforcement member is fixed to the hood hinge mounting reinforcement member, and includes a box-shaped body forming an internal space connected with the welding gun passing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Changu Kang
  • Patent number: 9758195
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spring strut top mounting, comprising at least one shaping base body, wherein the at least one shaping base body has a dome-shaped section in the region connecting to the spring strut and at least one separate, local reinforcement element which is connected to the base body. The object of making available a spring strut top mounting which has improved rigidity, in particular improved local rigidity, is achieved according to the invention in that the base body has at least one stamped region in the region connecting to the spring strut, and the at least one reinforcement element lays against the base body at least in the vicinity of the at least one stamped region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: THYSEENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Markus Zörnack, Stephan Drewes
  • Patent number: 9751567
    Abstract: A rail assembly configured to limit a lateral deformation of an intermediate portion of the rail assembly to a predetermined lateral deformation when the rail assembly is subjected to an external force includes an inner portion, an outer portion, and a web portion. The inner portion has an inner wall. The outer portion has an outer wall and is attached to the inner portion. The inner portion and the outer portion together form a hollow rail. The web portion is configured with a deformation initiator, disposed inside of the hollow rail, and attached to the inner wall of the inner portion and the outer wall of the outer portion. The web portion is configured to limit the lateral deformation of the intermediate portion of the rail assembly to the predetermined lateral deformation when the rail assembly is subjected to the external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Siberski, Andrew W. White
  • Patent number: 9751564
    Abstract: A spring support for a motor vehicle has a spring strut cup made of a metallic material and three shell-shaped components made of a fiber composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mark Muehlhausen, Thomas Ritschel, Sebastian Goldschmidt
  • Patent number: 9731766
    Abstract: A front vehicle body structure may include front lower side members extended along a length direction of a vehicle, disposed in left and right sides along a width direction of the vehicle, and provided in a lower portion in a height direction of the vehicle, front upper side members extended along the length direction of the vehicle, disposed in left and right sides along the width direction of the vehicle, and provided higher in position than the front lower side members in the height direction of the vehicle, and fender apron upper members extended along the length direction of the vehicle, disposed in left and right sides along the width direction of the vehicle, and provided higher in position than the front upper side members in the height direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Heeju Kim
  • Patent number: 9718362
    Abstract: An electric vehicle disclosed by the present specification, includes an inverter arranged outside frame members in a vehicle width direction, in a front compartment. An inner side of the inverter in the vehicle width direction is fixed to one of the frame members. An outer side of the inverter in the vehicle width direction is fixed to a cabin outer plate. Furthermore, a fixation strength of the inner side of the inverter is lower than a fixation strength of the outer side of the inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenshi Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9688227
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper assembly having an outer surface and is a bumper having an opening and a lighting optical assembly engaging the opening is provided. The lighting optical assembly has a front wall, defining part of the outer surface, and a rear shell, which supports the front wall and comprises at least one connecting portion fixed to the bumper. The bumper assembly has an additional coupling element, which has an end fixed to the bumper and a supporting portion set behind the rear shell and is set astride of the rear shell. The material, shape, and dimensions of the additional coupling element are such as to render it elastically deformable in the event of impact at a relatively low speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fulvio Cepollaro
  • Patent number: 9688309
    Abstract: In a suspension tower plate, in a plate body that is made of a sheet metal and is a part of an upper wall portion of a suspension tower, three suspension fixing portions are disposed. Three suspension fixing portions fix to an upper end part of a suspension. Further, in the plate body, a bend portion is disposed on an outer periphery side of the three suspension fixing portions. In the suspension fixing portion and the bend portion like this, strain is likely to be generated by an upward load that is input from the suspension. However, in the suspension tower plate, the suspension fixing portion and the bend portion thick portions are disposed. Thick portions are thicker than the plate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiro Goto, Daisuke Itoh, Naoya Kosaka
  • Patent number: 9630655
    Abstract: A grille carrier for at least partially supporting a vehicle grille during installation is provided. The grille carrier includes a base, first and second walls extending from the base, and a top having an upper surface. The top is supported by a U-shaped support forming part of a stem attached to and extending from the base. The upper surface of the top includes a pair of projections for at least partially supporting the grille during installation. The projections are positioned at different distances away from a centerline each include a base and a head. The base is formed of four walls which are perpendicular to one another in one embodiment, and the head covers the base and forms a lip around its periphery. The lip prevents the partially supported grille from coming off during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Copmany
    Inventors: Jeffery Lee, Joseph Andrew Hickey
  • Patent number: 9604675
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle body front portion structure that enables an increase in vehicle body rigidity and strength while suppressing an increase in weight and a decrease in layout freedom, and a vehicle body assembly method. A vehicle body front portion structure (1) is provided with: a first weld portion (11) where a shield lower flange (4a) of a windshield lower (4) is abutted on a closed cross section of a front pillar (2), and where the shield lower flange (4a), an inner front flange (21a), and a rear end portion (5a) are spot-welded; and a second weld portion (12) where a general portion (5b) of a side member (5), a stiffener front flange (22a), and an outer front flange (3a) are spot-welded at a position forwardly of the first weld portion (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi Kondo
  • Patent number: 9493131
    Abstract: A structure for the front of a vehicle body includes left and right front-side frames extending in the longitudinal direction thereof, a front bulkhead provided between the front ends of said left and right front-side frames; and a bumper laid out in front of said front bulkhead. Left and right side bulkhead members include left and right front walls and left and right rear walls located behind said left and right front walls at a distance therefrom. The bumper overlaps the front surfaces of the left and right front walls. Left and right stays extend between the left and right front walls and the left and right rear walls. The front ends of said left and right stays, the left and right front walls, and the bumper are joined together. The rear ends of the left and right stays are joined to the left and right rear walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takumi Tsuyuzaki, Yuki Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 9487236
    Abstract: A vehicle body front section structure. A front side member includes a side member front portion extending in a vehicle body front-rear direction at a side portion of a power unit chamber, and a side member rear portion that is contiguous to a rear end portion of the side member front portion, and that is formed with a kick portion extending toward a vehicle body rear lower side along a dash panel. An upper end portion on a vehicle body width direction inner side of a reinforcement member is fixed to a side wall portion on the vehicle body width direction outer side of the side member front portion, and a lower end portion on the vehicle body width direction inner side of the reinforcement member is fixed to a side wall portion on the vehicle body width direction outer side of the kick portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kohei Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9481399
    Abstract: A structure for mounting a hood hinge for a vehicle includes a front pillar outer panel bonded to each of rear portions of fender apron upper members, which extend in a length direction of the vehicle, and mounted to left and right sides of the vehicle. A cowl upper panel extends in a width direction of the vehicle and is bonded to the front pillar outer panel and each of the rear portions of the fender apron upper members. A cowl side outer panel is connected to the fender apron upper member, the front pillar outer panel, and the cowl upper panel. The hood hinge is mounted on the connection portion of the cowl side outer panel and the fender apron upper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Do Hoi Kim, Jongsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9469347
    Abstract: Embodiments of vehicles including wheel well reinforcement members are discussed and disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes a wheel well, a rocker coupled to the wheel well, where the rocker extends rearward from the wheel well in a vehicle longitudinal direction, a torque box coupled to the rocker, and a reinforcement member positioned at least partially within the wheel well, the reinforcement member including a forward face that is coupled the radially inward facing side of the wheel well, and at least one of a downward face that is coupled to and extends along the torque box and that is oriented to face downward in a vehicle vertical direction and an outboard face that is coupled to and extends along the rocker and that is oriented to face outboard in the vehicle lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler E. Schnug, Min Zhu
  • Patent number: 9440527
    Abstract: A utility vehicle according to the invention includes a body frame supporting a cabin disposed between a pair of left and right front wheels and a pair of left and right rear wheels, a cabin front wall extending substantially throughout a vehicle width at a front end of the cabin, and an inner fender covering a lower surface of a front chamber located ahead of the cabin and above the front wheels and extending substantially throughout the vehicle width. The cabin front wall and the inner fender are connected to each other substantially throughout the vehicle width and form a front wheel space including wheel housings of the front wheels and a space between the front wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Maeda, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 9428223
    Abstract: A support structure is provided for a motor vehicle that has a front wheel (8). The support structure includes an A pillar (5) having a slide-off surface (40) for the front wheel. The slide-off surface for the front wheel (8) is inclined so that the front wheel (8) slides out along the slide-off surface (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tassilo Gilbert, Philipp Kellner, Michael Junginger, Frank Kunert, Sebastian Steinruecken
  • Patent number: 9415806
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle front portion structure having a front side member that extends along a vehicle longitudinal direction at a vehicle transverse direction outer side of a vehicle front portion, a gusset that is provided at a vehicle transverse direction outer side of a vehicle longitudinal direction front portion of the front side member, a first bead that is provided at a side surface of the gusset with the vehicle longitudinal direction being a length direction thereof, and that is structured as a concave portion that is recessed toward a vehicle transverse direction inner side or as a convex portion that projects-out toward a vehicle transverse direction outer side, and a second bead that is provided at a side surface of the front side member, and that is engaged with at least a rear end portion of the first bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Miyagano, Kenji Sato, Yukihiro Yukita
  • Patent number: 9399489
    Abstract: A vehicle-body front structure includes: a front side member which has a closed section by joining an inner panel placed on a vehicle-width inner side to an outer panel placed on a vehicle-width outer side, the front side member being placed in a vehicle-body front portion along a vehicle-body front-rear direction and being provided with an energy absorption portion that is provided on a vehicle-body front side of the front side member; and a reinforcing member provided on an inner-panel side in an offset manner toward the vehicle-width inner side from a vehicle-width outer end of a rear end of the energy absorption portion in a plane view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiki Iwama, Hayato Kaneko, Hiroshi Mizuo
  • Patent number: 9365240
    Abstract: A device for absorbing frontal collision impact for a vehicle includes side members extending in the length direction of the vehicle and impact-absorbing structures mounted on the side members and protruding outward in the width direction of the vehicle. The device can effectively cope with a frontal small offset collision of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Hoon Chang
  • Patent number: 9333989
    Abstract: A frame portion for a vehicle includes a pillar component extending along a first direction and a beam component at least partially extending along a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction. The beam component has a rear end proximate the pillar component. The frame portion further includes a bracket coupled between the pillar component and the rear end of the beam component. The bracket spaces the beam component from the pillar component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner, Leonard Anthony Shaner, Fungtai Charles Ko, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Colleen Marie Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9333988
    Abstract: A motor vehicle dashboard crossbeam includes a tubular beam made in a single piece provided to extend between the A posts of the structure of the motor vehicle substantially in a transverse direction of the motor vehicle and means for fastening a or each end section of the beam on an A post. The fastening means includes a first and second fastening opening in the longitudinal direction, the first opening being formed through the beam. The fastening means also includes a fastening member attached on the end section, the second fastening opening being formed through the fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Laurent Baudart, Grégory Martin
  • Patent number: 9308946
    Abstract: A structure for coupling vehicle members is disclosed, wherein in a coupling structure for coupling a front side member having a side inner member and a side outer member to a front fender apron member together, the front fender apron member is coupled to the side outer member together with a fender apron inner panel, the side outer member has a side outer front member and a side outer rear member, and the front fender apron member has a rear side of a bottom end joined the side outer rear member of the front side member, and a lower front extended end portion formed as one unit and joined a side inner member inserted between the side outer front member and the side outer rear member of the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Kia Motors Coporation
    Inventors: Seungwon An, Seung Hyun Kang, Seong Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 9290207
    Abstract: A structure of an engine room includes an FEM (front end module) disposed at a front side, a dash panel disposed at a rear side, and housing panels disposed at both lateral sides between the FEM and the dash panel, respectively. The structure may include a housing member including a transverse portion which is disposed to be substantially parallel to the dash panel, and longitudinal portions which are bent forward from both ends of the horizontal portion, respectively, and disposed side-by-side with the corresponding housing panels. The housing member is formed with an open interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hyun Cho, Joon-Ho Lee, Jong-Woo Nam, Han-Shin Chung
  • Patent number: 9278714
    Abstract: A vehicle body front section structure includes: a suspension tower; an apron upper member that extends in a vehicle front-rear direction along a top wall portion of the suspension tower, a pair of frames that are disposed to a vehicle front side and a vehicle rear side of the suspension tower, that extend from the apron upper member towards a vehicle lower side and vehicle width direction inner side, and that are integrally formed with a cast-formed suspension tower structural body together with the suspension tower and the apron upper member; a cross rib that is formed at the apron upper member and that extends along the apron upper member; and a pair of vertical ribs that are respectively formed at the pair of frames, that extend along each of the pair of frames, and that are connected to the cross rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Amemiya
  • Patent number: 9254801
    Abstract: A protecting member comprises a pair of right-and-left brackets extending obliquely downward and forward from front portions of a pair of right-and-left side frames and a stiffener extending in a vehicle width direction below a bumper beam and attached to front ends of the brackets. The stiffener has a closed cross section extending in the vehicle width direction, and an upper face of its central portion in the vehicle width direction has a concaved portion. A lower face of the stiffener extends horizontally substantially straightly. It is preferable that the closed cross section of the central portion of the stiffener be configured such that its vertical distance is relatively small and its longitudinal width is relatively large, compared with the other part of the stiffener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sogabe, Masatoki Kito, Hirofumi Takada, Tsutomu Watanabe, Arihiro Furumoto, Ryuma Murakami, Takayuki Nakamae
  • Patent number: 9248865
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure (15) includes a side beam member (38) extending toward the rear of the vehicle body from a bulkhead (24). One end (41) of an upper member (28) is connected to the side beam member (38). The other end (46) of the upper member (28) is connected to a front pillar (45). The upper member (28) is divided into an upper front-side member (47) that includes the one end (41) and an upper rear-side member (48) that includes the other end (46). A lower member (32) extends downward from the upper front-side member (47). The upper member (28) is divided at a position near a housing front wall (57) of a damper housing (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Hisazumi, Naoyuki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9211913
    Abstract: A structure for front side frames of automobile is provided in which since, among first and second bent parts to the rear of a power unit mounting part of the front side frame formed from a tubular hollow member having a constant cross-section, a first weak part is provided in the vicinity of the rear-side second bent part, and a second weak part is provided in the vicinity of a third bent part, which is bent convexly outward in the vehicle width direction in the power unit mounting part, when an automobile is involved in a frontal collision, it becomes possible for the front side frame formed from the tubular hollow member and having high strength to bend via the first weak part and also via the second weak part, thereby enabling the impact absorption stroke to be increased and the effect in absorbing collision energy to be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikatsu Ohta
  • Patent number: 9199670
    Abstract: In a floor cross member configured by a web surface (4a) as the top surface, a ridge part (4b) contiguous to the web surface (4a), and a vertical wall surface (4c) contiguous to the ridge part (4b), having a tensile strength of 440 MPa or larger, flanges (4e) are formed at both longitudinal ends continuously around at least the web surface (4a), the ridge part (4b) and the vertical wall surface (4c), and the floor cross member (4) is connected through the flanges (4e) to a tunnel part (2a) and to a side sill (3). The flange (4e) has a flange width lfc, at the center in the perimeter direction of the curved part (4e-2), not smaller than the minimum flange width lfs of the curved part (4e-2). Accordingly, a vehicle body, which is suppressed in deformation of the floor cross member (4) and improved in the torsional rigidity, is successfully provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Otsuka, Ryuichi Nishimura, Yoshiaki Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9193389
    Abstract: A side bottom structure of a vehicle may include a side sill having a closed cross-section with a predetermined outline, forming a side bottom of the vehicle body, and elongated in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, a front pillar having one end thereof connected to a front end of the side sill and elongated in a height direction of the vehicle toward a roof of the vehicle, and a side outer panel combined with the side sill and the front pillar and forming a side external appearance of the vehicle body, wherein the side sill is formed by combining an inner side sill and an outer side sill, and wherein the inner and outer side sills have constant transverse cross-sections respectively, and a front end of the inner side sill and a front end of the outer side sill protrude further than the front of the front pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Suk Jun Chai