What we do
Body Engineering is about the creativity and engineering excellence that are apparent in every aspect of our vehicles. It’s about vehicle performance and aesthetic appeal. The Body team strives to be at the forefront of innovation with our continuous search for new ideas providing us with some challenging opportunities to meet customer demands for safety, comfort, performance and style.
In the Body Engineering team, highly skilled engineers utilise cutting edge CAD and CAE design tools to develop body architectures from concept to production. The development team benefits from a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding that we believe is unrivalled. Our global team of highly qualified and experienced engineers work in harmony to ensure feasible designs for manufacture. This involves working at all stages of the project design development from initial sketches to Alias rendering and physical clay models right through to production support.
The Body Engineering Team’s aim is to engineer robust structures that can be manufactured to a high level of quality, supporting all of the systems involved in a modern vehicle body. This includes Suspension components, Trim, Hardware and Powertrain. The engineering challenge must be achieved against an ever tightening demand to deliver new products in a shorter timescale.
To undertake this work we have access to a number of state of the art development tools, including CAD, Panel Forming Simulation, Dimensional Variation Analysis and the latest software developments for lightweight body structures. These technology based tools are used to help define the initial concepts from the Design Studio through to vehicle crash testing and final production.
To meet future legislation on vehicle emissions there is a need to reduce vehicle weights in all areas of the design. To achieve this, we are constantly looking at new technologies that will enable us to meet customer requirements for high levels of safety, convenience and comfort. We continue to review our engineering options in order to develop new versatile platform architectures, focussing on the latest developments in software technology, materials technology, joining and assembly.