Designers of the all-new minivan used a soy-based foam to keep noise from entering the passenger cabin of the Pacifica.
The plant-based foam blocks unwanted noise from entering the vehicle cabin while also saving on the overall weight of the minivan. The soy foam has a lower density than conventional acoustic material and weighs less.
Leaner, stronger body is foundation for a nimbler, safer driving experience
DETROIT, May 22, 2017 /3BL Media/ — Crossovers become more agile when they drop some weight. For the redesigned 2018 Equinox, shedding nearly 400 pounds —approximately 10 percent of its mass — pays dividends in a nimbler, more responsive and more refined driving experience. Combined with this weight loss, the all-new body was designed and optimized for top safety ratings.
Lightweighting – the reduction of a vehicle’s mass to enhance performance – is helping manufacturers meet fuel efficiency targets, thus shrinking their customers’ carbon footprints
People aren’t the only ones with weight loss goals for the new year. To increase fuel efficiency and minimize their carbon footprints, transportation companies are making an effort to shed pounds, too.