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Body in White: 2015 Acura TLX – Part 1

See: Body in White: 2015 Acura TLX – Part 2

During my research time at the North American International Auto Show in January, I was able to get several good images of Body-In-White vehicles on display by the American Iron & Steel Institute.

I want to share several of these images with my fellow instructors. I think these images and several others I will make available, will be great to add to your training program; especially when discussing the new steels in modern-day vehicles.


The purple-color represents Hot Stamped Ultra-High Strength steels. It is actually one stamped side unit; not individual pieces. The green represents steel with a 980 KPa tensile strength. Even the tan color is 590 KPa tensile strength steel. You better have a new generation power cutter if you want to get through these Advanced Steels at a crash scene.


The tan-colored steel that continues along the Upper Rail structure represents 590 KPa tensile strength steel on this Acura TLX. Note that the A-pillar is covered with a styrofoam-like material to strengthen it even further. The purple instrument panel structure on this 2015 vehicle is constructed of magnesium.

I will be making additional Body-in-White images available over the next few weeks. I have good pictures of a Nissan Murano SUV Body-in-White and a new Chevy Colorado pickup truck structure to share with you in the future. Standby…!

About Ron Moore

Ron Moore retired as a Division Chief with the McKinney (TX) Fire Department. He is now employed part-time with the Prosper, TX Fire Rescue and the Plano Fire Rescue. Ron is the author of now over 200 published articles in his renowned University of Extrication series, featured each month in Firehouse Magazine and is the moderator of the University of Extrication interactive section of the Firehouse.com website.