Motor-vehicle structure having a front module constituted by elements made of plastic and/or composite material
A motor-vehicle structure, in particular for a commercial vehicle, van, or the like, comprises a metal frame including a pair of longitudinal members (14) connected by cross members (15), and a metal cab body (2) mounted on the frame (14), including a pair of longitudinal sub-cab members (12) supported on the longitudinal members (14) of the frame by means of elastic supports (13) that enable relative movements in a vertical direction of the body with respect to the frame. A front cross member for absorption of impact is fixed to the front end of the two longitudinal frame members (14). A main front plate (18) is connected to the front end of each longitudinal frame member (14) and faces a respective auxiliary front plate (19) connected to the front end of the respective longitudinal sub-cab member (12) to enable distribution of the applied forces of the aforesaid front cross member (16) between the longitudinal members of the frame (14) and the longitudinal sub-cab members (12). The structure comprises a front subassembly or module, made up of elements made of plastic and/or composite material, fixed to the cab body (2) and defining the front part of the bodywork of the motor vehicle.
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Published patent application
Disclosure date: 10-02-2007
Publication date: 06-16-2010
Applicant: FIAT RICERCHE, IT
Inventor: IAMMARINO MICHELE, IT ; MASIA AUGUSTO, IT ; CASTALDI MICHELE, IT
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