The 2016 Mazda Miata is going green in an interesting way. No, it’s not going to feature an electric motor or hybrid powertrain. But it is making a small change that will help Mazda go green in a smaller way: by equipping its new model with no-paint bioplastic parts.
The 2016 model will be the first vehicle to use plastic parts made from a bioplastic which is made from plant-derived materials rather than petroleum. The new material was developed by Mazda itself, and Gizmag is reporting that it’s “highly moldable, as durable as traditional ABS plastic, and can be dyed to achieve ‘a deep hue and smooth, mirror-like finish of a higher quality than can be achieved with a traditional painted plastic.’ By eliminating the need for paint, Mazda says that it will reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds.”
Only the interior parts of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be made from the no-paint bioplastic parts, but eventually, later Mazda motels will use the material for exterior components as well. Here at Lancaster Mazda, we’re proud of Mazda for finding innovative ways to go green!