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Nissan recently announced that they were creating a synthetic leather that…get this…replicates the look and feel of baby skin!  According to Kicking Tires blog:

“Engineers researched what material feels the most comfortable to drivers and passengers, and the answer is a texture that replicates baby skin.”

Vanity Fair, the magazine that knows all things worthy of vanity, tackles the issues that really matter. Most recently, the publication’s team of investigative journalists has descended upon Nissan North America to find out just what the automaker is making its synthetic leather out of.

Feeling exactly like human skin, the reporters have been inventorying nursing homes in their search for skinless elderly. So far, it looks as if the synthetic leather truly is synthetic. Nissan has also never admitted to skinning humans to cover their seats.

Speaking about its so soft seats, Brenda Parkin, Nissan’s lead color designer, was quoted as having said, “We set out to produce an interior material that would be better than anything used before…Something as soft as a baby’s cheek.”

Baby’s cheek, huh? Time to start inventorying the maternity wards.

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About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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