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Vehicle Technology and Trends 2016
NEW16

Course format: Live instruction with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 3 hours
Estimated Duration: 4 hours

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

  • Understand the latest trends and industry influences
  • Know what features and technologies to expect including vehicle materials and designs, safety features, and fuel-saving strategies
  • Covers North American, Asian, and European vehicles to avoid surprises during the repair procedure
  • Gain insight into repair procedures for several 2016 model vehicles
  • Module 1 - Trends and Industry Influences
    The course starts with an overview of manufacturing trends and a glimpse into what is new and what to expect with 2016 vehicles. Aluminum-intensive vehicle construction continues, but with an added twist of high-strength steel (HSS), carbon fiber, and other materials combined with aluminum. This module will also discuss features and trends that will benefit driver safety, such as traffic jam assistance and seat cushion air bags. Students also receive detailed information on new equipment, materials, and procedures, such as a new family of toughened structural adhesives and equipment for refinishing.

    Module 2 - North American Vehicle Makers
    As the course continues, students gain a glimpse into some of the features, technologies, and materials found on new North American vehicles, including Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Among the vehicles highlighted are the 2016 Lincoln MKX, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, an interview with GM on the Cadillac CT6 mixed material construction, and changes with the new generation Chevrolet Volt. Repair procedures for 2015 models that are unchanged for 2016 are also featured.

    Module 3 – Asian Vehicle Makers
    The third module introduces new features found on Asian vehicles, including an interview with Honda on the 2016 Pilot, Kia firsts on the 2016 Optima, and a first look at the next generation Acura NSX, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Nissan Maxima, two new Scion models, and the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid. Students will also learn about hidden-blind-spot sensors on the 2016 Toyota Tundra.

    Module 4 - European Vehicle Makers
    This module highlights new features being introduced by European vehicles makers, including the carbon fiber core structure of the innovative BMW 7-Series, the mixed material structure on the Jaguar XF, the new generation Volvo XC90, and more.

    Module 5 - Future Trends
    The course concludes with an overview of near-future possibilities, including the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV, energy-storing body panels, a rear seat airbag, self-inflating tire, and a finish that cleans itself.


    Prior Recommended Programs

    • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03)
    • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis (ALT04e)
    • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety (ALT05e)
    • Introduction to Carbon Fiber (CFR01e)
    • Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05)
    • Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05e)
    • Damage Analysis of Advanced Automotive Systems (DAM07)
    • Damage Analysis of Advanced Automotive Systems (DAM07e)
    • Steel Unitized Structures Technologies and Repair (SPS07)

      Course outline containing topics and subtopics.