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 •  September 13

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp announced Aug 23, 2017, that its carbon fiber composite material has been employed for the roof of "Audi RS 5 Coupe." The Audi RS 5 Coupe is a premium sports coupe that Audi AG released in June 2017. Compared with aluminum, the composite material reduced the weight of the part by about 40%, lowering the vehicle's center of...

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 •  June 16

Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC) developed a two-seat electric vehicle (EV) whose body is formed by using a 3D printer. Equipped with a 6.6kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, it can travel 60-100km (approx 37.3-62.1 miles) per charge. Its maximum speed is 60km/h (approx 37.3mph). TARC has not yet confirmed that the vehicle can be...

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 •  June 15

NHK Spring Co Ltd developed a suspension spring using CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) for passenger cars. Compared with suspension springs made by using commonly-used spring steels, the weight of the CFRP-based spring is about 70% lighter. The company plans to sell it to automakers, aiming to start volume production of the spring in 2020. In...

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 •  June 12

SeeMore Technology Inc, a Taiwan-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, announced a commercial EV whose body is made of plastic. The drive range and maximum loading capacity of the EV, "e.Cargo," are 250km (approx 155 miles) and 500kg, respectively. It was released in February 2017 in China at a price of Rmb120,000. Most of its body including...

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 •  March 24

Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd announced March 6, 2017, that its CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) was employed for the new "Prius PHV," Toyota Motor Corp's plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). Specifically, Toyota employed SMC (sheet molding compound), which is an intermediate material of thermosetting CFRP, and it was applied to the frame of the back...

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 •  December 21, 2016

The "Roadster RF" using unpainted plastic The "quarter garnish" made of unpainted plastic The "side garnish" made of unpainted plastic Mazda Motor Corp employed exterior stylish parts made of unpainted plastic for the "Roadster RF" compact convertible to be released in Japan Dec 22, 2016. The car was exhibited at EcoPro 2016, a trade show on green...

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 •  November 16, 2016

[Click to enlarge image] A large amount of plastic is used for the outer panels of the "Thor/Roomy/Tank" compact minivan that Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd and Toyota Motor Corp released Nov 9, 2016, in the aim of suppressing increase in mass. The way of using plastic for outer panels is basically the same as the method employed for the new "Boon/Passo,"...

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 •  October 27, 2016

A seat prototyped by Toray. The black part on the backrest and the seating face is the newly-developed cloth. Toray Industries Inc developed a new cloth that can be used for the pads and seat covers of cars. Compared with commonly-used seats covered by urethan, the cloth enables to make seats more easily. In addition, an elasticity as high as that...

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 •  October 26, 2016

Toray Industries Inc developed a technology to improve the surface smoothness of thermosetting CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic). The company applied a CFRP-based roof made by using the technology to the "Teewave AC1" concept car, which was exhibited at Toray Advanced Materials Symposium 2016, a private show that took place from Oct 6, 2016,...

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 •  October 19, 2016

Toray Industries Inc showed new applications of plastics including CFRP (carbon finer reinforced plastic) by using a concept car. The concept car, "Teewave AC1," was exhibited at Toray Advanced Materials Symposium 2016, a private show that took place Oct 6, 2016, in Tokyo. It was made under the theme, "Cars Will Evolve With Power of Materials." As...