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Vehicle Technology and Trends 2014
NEW14

Course format: Live instruction with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 3 hours
Estimated Duration: 4 hours
Pricing
Gold Class: $114.00
Platinum: $114.00
Standard: $138.00

Prior Recommended Programs

  • Electric and Electric Hybrid Vehicles (ALT01)
  • Hybrid Electric And Alternative Fuel Vehicles (ALT02)
  • Damage Analysis of Advanced Automotive Systems (DAM07)
  • Advanced Restraint Systems (RES02)
  • Steel Unitized Structures Technologies and Repair (SPS07)

This course meets New Technology training requirements for the following roles:
Estimator
Production Management
Steel Structural Technician
Aluminum Structural Technician
Non-Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technicians
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Estimator
Production Management
Steel Structural Technician
Aluminum Structural Technician
Non-Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technicians
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

NEW14
Did you know you may also satisfy this requirement by completing the Live course NEW16?

  • Describe features and technologies that distinguish newer model vehicles from their predecessors
  • Recognize new vehicle materials and designs, safety features, collision-warning systems, and alternative fuel systems
  • Gain insights into repair procedures for technology trends such as aluminum structures, ultra-high-strength steel, and carbon fiber
  • Understand how the economic climate, new efficiency practices, and government mandates are contributing to rapid changes in vehicle technology
  • Identify the newest technologies found on North American, Asian, and European vehicles
  • Identify the trends that will become tomorrow’s standard features

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Module 1 – Trends and Industry Influences
This module shows some of the latest technology available on today’s vehicles and the factors driven by manufacturing, mandates, and repair procedure changes that influence trends in technology. The student will gain information on subjects such as regenerative braking on non-hybrids, enhanced aerodynamics, carbon fiber roof panels, a continuing aluminum surge, the rising popularity of utility vans, and the IIHS small overlap frontal test. The student will also be introduced to new repair technologies, such as methods to repair carbon fiber, smart MIG welders, and new ways to prepare estimates.

Module 2 – North American Vehicle Makers
The course continues with a description of features, technologies, and materials found on new North American vehicles, including Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. The student will learn about the return of the Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler’s efficiency strategies, Ford Fiesta sectioning recommendations, ultra-high-strength steel on the 2014 Ford Transit, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray aluminum frame repair, new materials and repair procedures on the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra, ultra-high-strength steel on the Chevrolet Impala, and the hybrid system on the extended-range Cadillac ELR.

Module 3 – Asian Vehicle Makers
As the student moves through the course, he or she will be introduced to new features found on Asian vehicles including Honda/Acura, Toyota/Lexus, Mazda, Nissan/Infiniti, and Subaru vehicles. The student will gain insight into repair of the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid-Electric, an identification of the new front crush structure on the Acura MDX, what is different about the Honda steel/aluminum door, Lexus IS construction techniques, the Mazda6 regenerative braking system, the Infiniti Q50 steer-by-wire option, and Subaru’s first hybrid, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

Module 4 – European Vehicle Makers
This module highlights new features being introduced by European vehicle makers including BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi/Volkswagen. Topics discussed in this module include details on the BMW i3 and M6 Gran Coupe, the Jaguar F-Type, the near-autonomous Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the CLA body structure.

Module 5 – Continuing Trends and Possibilities
The final module of the course concludes with information on trends that point to future innovations in vehicle technology. The student will learn that the industry is considering the use of aluminum wiring harnesses, whether to allow high beams to stay on at all times, BMW laser headlamps, a vehicle that gets 260 miles per gallon, aluminum-air batteries, and more.

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