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DETROIT (Jan. 8, 2006) – ASC Incorporated today unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit several vehicle prototypes with innovations designed to showcase the company’s expertise in vehicle design, open-air systems and performance materials, all focused on supporting ASC’s goal of helping its automaker clients put more exciting vehicles on the road, faster. The vehicles will be on display throughout the show inside ASC’s Trade show booth in Michigan Hall (lower level) of Cobo Center.

“We’re pro-life for cool cars,” said Paul Wilbur, ASC’s president and chief executive officer. “At ASC, our mission is to help our OEM clients bring more exciting, profit-generating, halo-casting vehicles to life-and, importantly, at the same time to help OEMs bring new life to their existing vehicles.

“Headlining our innovation parade is our InfiniVu™ ‘sunvertible’ family of sliding-roof systems,” continued Wilbur. “These systems-available in fabric, glass or, as the result of a new collaboration we’re announcing here today, clear, lightweight Lexan GLX resin from GE Plastics-are designed to provide OEMs with a low-investment, highly scalable method of bringing convertible-like motoring to SUVs, crossovers, and minivans, and thus breathe all-new life into these all-important market segments. And importantly, these ‘full-vehicle’ open-air systems are designed to provide the safety and security that vehicle buyers expect in these market segments.”

Full descriptions and photos after the jump.

The new vehicle prototypes displayed were:


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ASC Cosmos – The Cosmos features an InfiniVu™ Fabric roof system, which transforms a HUMMER H3 into an SUV ready to take on the heavens as well as Earth. Bi-directional, the between-the-roof-rails top slides either rearward toward the D-pillar or forward toward the A-pillar, or to any point in between, offering an infinite number of open-air iterations-for those in the rear of the vehicle as well as the front. And, at the D-pillar the system features a moving horizontal header, which moves out of the way as the roof slides forward, providing the added benefit of pickup-truck-like utility.


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ASC TriLite – A skylight on wheels, the TriLite enhances a Toyota Sienna minivan, with a unique moving-panel roof system. Its InfiniVu™ system features not one, not two, but three moving panels. And, in an industry first, all are made of Lexan GLX resin with Exatec, a polycarbonate window-glazing solution that can potentially be up to half the weight of glass-an important benefit in roof-mounted systems. In addition, glazing applications made with GE’s Lexan GLX resin offers shatter-resistance, and presents automotive designers with more styling freedom compared with glass. This debut of Lexan polycarbonate resin in this unique type of roof panel is part of a new collaboration between ASC and GE Plastics, Automotive, a division of the General Electric Co., which was also announced here today.


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ASC Diamondback Viper, Powered by McLaren – A “snake” with an all-new skin-and ultimate display of the production merits of ASC’s patent-pending OmniCarbon™ process–the Diamondback Viper is super-light and super-fast. It’s fitting that ASC, which helped the Chrysler Group bring the new Dodge Viper SRT10 coupe to life, would, with the aid of McLaren Performance Technologies, show how the Viper coupe might be taken to an all-new level of “extreme.” The 615hp Diamondback Viper features a carbon fiber roof, deck lid, rockers, fascia inserts, body trim and a massive OmniCarbon™ hood that shows off ten unique trumpeted air intakes, with individual port throttles, peeking through-a McLaren Performance Technologies feature reminiscent of McLaren Can-Am engines of the past. The hood also shows off ASC’s expertise in compression-molded carbon fiber, both painted and woven. It’s displayed beautifully, with a broad, clear-coated racing stripe down the Artic White-painted expanse, subtly outlined by “Viper Blue” and “McLaren Red” pinstripes. In all, ASC removed about 85 lbs. of weight from the vehicle-including cutting the weight of the hood by nearly half versus the production model. Taken together with the powertrain modifications by McLaren Performance Technologies, the power-to-weight ratio was increased, resulting in an estimated increase in 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. And, importantly, ASC’s OmniCarbon™ isn’t just light and nice to look at: ASC has reduced cycle times in the process by 80 percent versus conventional molding methods, and is confident its process meets OEM production specifications.


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ASC-Suzuki Wave – Inventing an all-new segment, the UTV (“ultimate tailgate vehicle”) the Wave concept property was completely designed, developed and fabricated in ASC’s California studio for American Suzuki Motor Corp. LIFE VEHICLE Concept Series (LIVE). It’s one of two such vehicles designed by ASC (the other, the Dune, also being displayed at NAIAS, in Suzuki’s booth). The Wave’s entire rear section behind the second row of seats pulls out to reveal your own barbeque grille and cooler deck. Other unique ASC enhancements to the Grand Vitara-based four-door roadster include new front and rear fascias, modified doors with new top caps integrating a water-sports theme, and a custom two-tone paint scheme.


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ASC also is displaying at NAIAS one of the true stars of last year’s show, the ASC Helios-a patent-pending body-engineering system that is applicable to many four-door passenger-car architectures. ASC also confirmed today that it is in discussions with several automakers about possible production of ASC’s four-door convertible system. In addition, later in the week, after its worldwide debut tomorrow in Mitsubishi Motors’ booth, ASC will be displaying the all-new 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, for which ASC supplies the convertible roof system-the third straight generation of Eclipse supplied by ASC.

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