With more and more car manufacturers, the trend is to drop leather in the passenger compartment of their new models, in favor of more sustainable recycled materials. Latest example with Volkswagen and its new vehicle, the ID Buzz.
On the eve of the official presentation of its brand new model, the ID. Buzz announces to the German manufacturer that the interior of the vehicle will mainly consist of materials of non-animal origin. For example, the steering wheel will be made of polyurethane, mimicking the look of leather down to the last detail. Seat covers, floor mats and headliner are made from recycled materials, mainly from plastic bottles.
As a reminder, the ID. Buzz is the modern and electric version of Volkswagen’s mythical Combi, a family bus that should also introduce new autonomous driving functions.
Increasingly popular alternatives to leather
Before Volkswagen, other manufacturers have already shown the way. This is the case with Volvo, which has already announced future interiors that are “vegan”, that is, without the slightest trace of leather. The trend is now snowballing with other manufacturers. This is the case, for example, for Jaguar Land Rover, which also announced that it would integrate elements made from 100% recycled nylon, mainly consisting of waste buried or recovered in the sea, starting with fishing nets in the passenger compartments of its next models. .
(ETX Daily Up)