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2018 Hyundai Accent an Example of How Auto Repairers Need to Move with the Times

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, May 3, 2017



The new Hyundai Accent is a sub-compact car for the entry-level market, yet it exhibits many of the advances and changes that are the trend in auto manufacture. Advanced, high-strength steel now represents 54 percent of the car, rising from 41.5 percent in the previous model, and 98.5 meters of structural adhesive are used in its manufacture.


However, the improvements may pose a challenge to auto repairers. There are limits to how much heating, straightening and sectioning high-strength steel can take while still performing to specification. In fact, many OEMs are designating high-strength steel components as “replace only.”

To inform repairers, Hyundai is providing repair guidelines on its technical website HERE and the “Ask I-CAR” website. The company says that if sectioning guidelines are not available, repairers should not section. Replacement of parts at factory seams appears to be the best solution since parts could deform if they no longer meet manufacturer’s specifications.

Apart from its materials choices, the new Hyundai is also fitted with some of the latest technology including a proximity key, backup camera, and autobraking. It serves as an example of how automotive technology is progressing, even in the...



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