Asahi Kasei Rolls Out Futuristic Concept at SAE WCX

Japanese chemical conglomerate Asahi Kasei rolls out a futuristic concept car that incorporates technologies from many of its subsidiaries, from pulse monitoring and composite fenders to electro-magnetic noise suppression sheets and a carbon-dioxide sensor that could prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking.At this week’s SAE World Congress Experience in Detroit, the AKXY concept (named for Asahi Kasei multiplied [X] by You) is a fully electric vehicle with a 225-kW motor and room for three occupants. Many of the materials in the concept are already used in production vehicles, including microsuede, ABS-based scratch-resistant speaker grates, hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic A-pillar trim, hands-free communication and polyamide motor mounts.

Tom Murphy, Managing Editor

April 9, 2019

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Tom Murphy

Managing Editor, Informa/WardsAuto

Tom Murphy test drives cars throughout the year and focuses on powertrain and interior technology. He leads selection of the Wards 10 Best Engines, Wards 10 Best Interiors and Wards 10 Best UX competitions. Tom grills year-round, never leaves home without a guitar pick and aspires to own a Jaguar E-Type someday.

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