OEMs and suppliers are drawing upon products and processes to lighten every part of the car, including not only the sheetmetal and powertrain but also the vehicle’s interior, industry officials say during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference.
One expert sees automakers requiring interior materials be designed to withstand spills of a growing menu of foods, beyond ketchup and mustard. “I think specs will change somewhat along with some very exotic-type chemical and food sources we...
Optimal EV battery placement, a technology platform that reduces textile waste and a faster-drying adhesive are seen as ways to achieve quieter, less costly interiors.
In past years, “the industry hasn’t done a particularly good job on user experience; we all should admit that,” says Faurecia’s Jim Hotary.