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In the past few years, we've all heard about the price of cars and trucks being impacted by the price of steel. We've also heard about the reduction in the numbers of trucks sold due to the downturn of the housing market. According to this article (sub. req'd), there is a new raw material affecting the price of vehicles: sawdust. It seems that the slow housing market means that fewer scraps of wood are being reduced down to dust, which is used in the manufacture of certain interior components, like steering wheels. Apparently, there are a few substitutes to sawdust in the farming industry, like cow manure. This fact raises an interesting question: would you rather pay more for your car or have the steering wheel made with cow manure? Or, how would the use of cow manure in the making of your next car affect that "new car smell" that we all know and love?

[Source: The Wall Street Journal via All Cars All The Time]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Same here... I am not sure what to think because it like WTF and at the same time its like DUH!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's just manure. Manure's not that bad. I don't even mind the word "manure” You know. It's “newer,” which is good, and a “ma” in front of it. MA-NURE. I mean when you consider the other choices, "manure” is actually pretty refreshing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh so they have no sawdust ? - Gee I know they used it in my 2006 Cobalt-in the door panels - I've already broken through two of them! I don't think I'd like manure - my car is already 90% shit
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ladies and gentlemen, I think it's time to face the stark truth of the matter: the world has reached Peak Sawdust. From here on out production of sawdust will only decline each year as old sources are used up and no new sources are disconvered. From here out we will be competing with the Chinese and the Indians for the ever decreasing supply of sawdust.

      We must find an alternative or change or lifestyle. I vote for converting back to metal tillers like the original autos of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Peak Sawdust, it's the new reality.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hate manure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm no scientist or genius, but I'm willing to bet this problem would have been solved years ago if industrial hemp was legal.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Industrial hemp? I can see it now. Your car will broken into not for the stereo, not for the Garmin GPS, but for the steering wheel so it can smoked by some pot head. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      We could switch to carbon-fiber... would undo some of that god-awful weight gain.
      • 7 Years Ago
      B.S.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Duuuuude..
      • 7 Years Ago
      HA! Nowdays it almost seems that industries seem to be asking the magic 8 ball "How can we raise prices today?" and it gives some sort of a strange answer that the companies later release as fact.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 21st century called: wooden houses in a country where hurricanes are a dime a dozen is stupid. That's the real problem.
        • 7 Years Ago
        umm... a map called: huricanes do not hit the entire country.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I, I, just dont know what to say to this post.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wtf? is all I could think of
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