Mazda is hard at work refreshing the Mazda CX-5, and will introduce a new model late next year. As a part of the CX-5’s updated design, Mazda’s popular crossover will feature the automaker’s all-new bioplastic material.
Mazda worked with Mitsubishi Chemicals to create the ecofriendly plastic. The high-quality plastic is said to be stronger and more durable that conventional plastics, and will also be heat resistant. Made of plant-derived material, the plastic doesn’t require petroleum for production – eliminating CO2 emissions.
In addition, the new material can be dyed to the desired color, which produces a rich hue and mirror-like finish that lasts much longer than traditional painted plastic, and is suitable for use on the exterior of the car for an impressive design factor.
Various parts made from the “Mazda Biotechmaterial” were displayed at Eco-Products 2014, one of Japan’s largest exhibitions of environmental technologies and environmentally-friendly products and services.
According to a recent news release, “Mazda will continue proactively developing unique technologies to help achieve a sustainable society with the aim of developing products that provide both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.”
Look for the new Mazda CX-5 to make its way to Lancaster Mazda in 2015!