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Fashion World Exerting Influence over Auto Interiors

Lear shows off latest designs, innovations with fashion show.

by on Oct.25, 2013

Lear's TeXstyle Enhance was featured in a fashion show in Detroit showcasing what the company's designers can do with leather and other fabrics.

The world of fashion is reaching deeper into vehicles where every piece of the car of truck’s interior has to be used to raise its profile and make it more appealing to customers.

“We’re seeing manufacturers think increasingly of using the interior of the vehicle as way to differentiate their products,” said Mandy Sarotte, Lear Corp. vice president of global trim operations for seating, who is also in charge of the company’s growing team of designers.

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Sarotte added demand for more distinctive interiors and more durable seat covers is evident in all kinds of passenger cars from subcompact to more expensive luxury vehicles. Customers in every segment are looking for something distinctive, she said. (more…)

Soy Foam Seat Cushions on New Ford Explorer

Following Henry Ford's practice, maker expands soy use.

by on Jun.24, 2010

Ford Mustang Soy-Based Foam Seat

The new 2011 Ford Explorer will use soy foam in seat cushions and seatbacks. The soybean oil-based flexible foam material has a lower environmental impact to produce. It is up to 24% renewable as opposed to traditional non-renewable petroleum-based foam, and it offers up to 67% reduction in volatile organic compounds emissions, according to Lear Corporation, the maker.

Ford Motor Company is expanding its use of bio-based soy foam through nearly its entire North American vehicle lineup as part of an ongoing effort to use more renewable and recyclable materials

Already there are more than 2 million Ford Motor vehicles on the road with bio foam content. Ford says bio foam has helped the company reduce its petroleum oil usage by more than 3 million pounds annually and carbon dioxide emissions by 11 million pounds.

Ford Motor Company was the first automotive manufacturer to express an interest in soy foam for automotive applications and the first to demonstrate that soy-based polyols (alcohols containing multiple hydroxyl groups) could be used at high levels (~40%) to make foams capable of meeting or exceeding automotive requirements.


The 2008 Ford Mustang seats and headliners for the 2010 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner first used the material.