unitized body


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unitized body

[′yü·nə‚tīzd ′bäd·ē]
(engineering)
An automotive body that has the body and frame in one unit; side members are designed on the principle of a bridge truss to gain stiffness, and sheet metal of the body is stressed so that it carries some of the load.
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In a market segment that's dominated by body-on-frame architecture, BMW is absolutely committed to welded unitized body construction, with subframes fore and aft.
Many models reflect the European look with a sparing use of chrome and a unitized body construction that eliminates annoying rattles.
Body style/layout: The new Elantra is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, compact economy car of unitized body construction.
For these vehicles, Marando says the trend is toward body-integrated-frame construction, where frame elements are integrated into a unitized body structure.
Body style/layout: Unitized body construction; front engine, all-wheel drive; four side doors and rear liftgate (power operation optional).