“In each case, we develop a custom body concept to meet the various requirements,” says Michael Vogel, a member of the Bodyshell Technical Centre and Manufacturing Technologies team at the Development division of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “To do so, we employ an extensive construction kit, which is being continuously developed further.” At Daimler, they use the term “intelligent mix” to describe their materials. “Steel is still the dominant material,” Vogel explains. The high-strength and thus very thin parts of sheet metal are often on par with light alloys and plastics. Furthermore, as these parts can be made to measure, they tend to have characteristics that only affect a certain local part of the body, but which are highly important at precisely this spot. Aluminium is used wherever a minimal amount of weight is needed.