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Old 03-25-2019, 07:13 AM
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Vegan (plant-based) upholstery?

I was recently told that Mercedes' MB-Tex upholstery for the past few years is plant-based. I can't find a lot on the Internet to support this other than a few articles about "vegan cars", which do not outright confirm or deny this assertion.Anyone know anything about this?

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OK, I'll bite. The PETA website's "Guide to Leather-Free Car Interiors" (Feb.2015) lists the Smart Car with manual transmission (Fortwo C453) as the only Mercedes with a leather free interior (although the steering wheel is leather). While I see them on the streets, I haven't peered into a Smart Car, so don't know if this means the Smart has a cloth interior or some sort of pleather seating material.

MB-Tex -- as a material -- has been so successful for decades, I can't imagine MB abandoning it without considerable forethought and years of testing. I also can't imagine that MB would create a separate version of MB-Tex just for the Smart Car.

We've read about plant-based plastics for decades now (long before the Vegan movement, I should quickly add). Many cars (if not all) now use these for dashboard components, etc. (see the list of Brands by the dozens...https://www.peta.org/living/humane-h...erior-options/ .

I suppose we should expect to see more of this in future. I have no problem with that, really. Although I don't think PETA should presume to take any credit for it. Technology and efficiency drives these changes, not some life-style that tries to convince us that humans are not "Omnivores."

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