By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Erlanger, KY) has been issued patent number 9707916, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.
The patent's inventor is Mohacsi, Kris A. (Livonia, MI).
This patent was filed on March 25, 2015 and was published online on July 18, 2017.
From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "Front-engine vehicles include an engine compartment situated at the front of the vehicle. The engine compartment houses the vehicle drive source, such as an engine and/or a motor, as well as other mechanical and/or electrical components required for vehicle operation. The front of the engine compartment may also include a front fascia through which air may enter the engine compartment and circulate to assist with cooling the various components located in the engine compartment. The front fascia may optionally include a grille. The grille may perform several functions. For example, the grille may prevent debris such as leaves, paper, etc., from entering the engine compartment and interfering with and/or damaging vehicle components. The grille may also serve as an aesthetic embellishment to the vehicle. In either case, the grille is generally constructed with an open structure so as to allow air to pass through the grille and enter the engine compartment.
"Because the grille is constructed with an open structure, various components of the vehicle may be readily visible through the grille which may adversely impact the aesthetics of the vehicle.
"Accordingly, a need exists for alternative grille structures which can be used to obscure vehicle components internal to the engine compartment while still allowing air to circulate into the engine compartment."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "In an embodiment, a grille assembly for a vehicle includes an inner frame defining a central opening therethrough. The inner frame includes a lower portion having a concealment flange. The concealment flange extends from the inner frame toward an engine compartment portion of the vehicle at a depth. The concealment flange extends such that it obscures one or more vehicle components positioned adjacent to the central opening when viewed from a location outside the engine compartment through the grille assembly.
"In an embodiment, a vehicle includes an engine compartment and a grille assembly. The grille assembly includes a lower portion having a concealment flange that extends from the inner frame toward the engine compartment of the vehicle at a depth such that the concealment flange obscures one or more vehicle components adjacent to the central opening when viewed from a location outside the engine compartment through the grille assembly.
"In an embodiment, a method of concealing one or more components positioned at or in an engine compartment of a vehicle includes attaching an inner frame defining a central opening therethrough to a perimeter of an opening in the engine compartment. The inner frame includes a lower portion having a concealment flange that extends from the inner frame towards the engine compartment at a depth such that the concealment flange obscures the one or more components that are adjacent to the central opening when viewed from a location outside the engine compartment through the grille assembly.
"These and additional features provided by the embodiments described herein will be more fully understood in view of the following detailed description, in conjunction with the drawings."
For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Mohacsi, Kris A.. Grille Assemblies for Vehicles. U.S. Patent Number 9707916, filed March 25, 2015, and published online on July 18, 2017. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9707916.PN.&OS=PN/9707916RS=PN/9707916
Keywords for this news article include: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.
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