Page 6.1-2AUTOMOTIVE STEEL DESIGN MANUALMay 1996Section 6.1 Case StudiesAPPLICATIONSA survey of existing cars in the early 80's (see Table 126.96.36.199-1)shows that there is no clear-cut
preference among manufacturers for any of the three alternatives.
"A" PILLARROOF RAIL"C' PILLAR(QUARTER SAIL)QUARTER PANELQUARTERLOCK PILLARROCKER
BASELINE-MULTI PIECE BODY SIDE
HINGEPILLAR"B"PILLARCOWL SIDETWO PIECEUNISIDEDOOR OPENINGPANELQUARTERBODY SIDEPANEL
Body side construction
Sample of construction type usage
UnisideTwo PieceMulti PieceOpel KadetteFord European ScorpioAudi 100Fiat UNOFord North American DN5 and FN9Mercedes 190Chrysler K carsToyota TercelNissan MicraG. M. 4 door J carsVW PassatMitsubishi GalantFiat StradaOpel RekordG. M. 2 door J CarsVW GolfRenault R5, R9, R11Toyota (most models)Honda (most models)Ford North American (most models)Ford European (except Scorpio)Mazda (most models)Mazda RX7 and BT17
Many factors must be considered to determine the appropriate type of construction for a particular vehicle. Replacing the several stampings that make up the body side assembly withone or two major panels (uniside or two-piece) will:1. Require larger press capacity.2. Increase shipping, handling, and storage costs, depending on the nearness of stampingfacility to assembly facility.