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We're still about a month or more away from seeing the new 2011 Ford Explorer devoid of camouflage, but the automaker is continuing to trickle out information. The latest news is that the new unibody SUV will use soy-foam seat cushions like the ones that debuted in the Mustang in 2008.
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/environment/What_s_going_to_be_THE_green_vehicle_of_2008_How_bout_the_Ford_Mustang'; The Ford Mustang is not a car that typically appears on this site, but Ford has some big news for the 2008 model. Just a couple of days after briefing the media on their bio-materials development efforts Ford has announced that the 2008 Mustang will be getting seats made from soy foam. The soy foam is made up of twenty-four percent renewable content and the production process emits
I plan on sharing some interesting bits of information that I got from some of the men behind the soy industry in general, the United Soybean Board, while I was at the SAE Congress in Detroit soon. But, one tidbit is that I was able to personally sample some automotive interior foam products made from soybean oil. There was foam destined for your seats and also some soybean oil based sound-deadening material. The products seemed fine to me, and they must be good enough for automotive use, as For
Automotive interiors typically contain about 30 to 40 pounds of foam and most of that is made from petro-chemicals. That makes it a prime candidate for alternative materials for both weight and cost reduction. The cost reduction is particularly important for interior suppliers, like Southfield, Michigan-based Lear, that have been hit really hard by the drive for price reductions from the car-makers in recent years. Many suppliers have gone into bankruptcy recently.