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Lincoln MKX will use tree-based fibers in its armrests

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Nothing says American luxury car quite like a big cushy armrest, and now Lincoln has decided to stabilize theirs with a little bit of environmental friendliness. The 2014 Lincoln MKX crossover is using tree-based fibers to manufacture the structural component that attaches armrests to the floor of the vehicle. The stuff is called Cellulose Reinforced Polypropylene, and readers will be quizzed on it later. The important thing to note is that it’s a renewable alternative to fiberglass – and it’s six percent lighter, to boot. Ford developed the material in partnership with Weyerhaeuser and Johnson Controls.

Of course, the Blue Oval has been tracking down renewable materials for component materials for a few years. Early last year, Ford said it would use materials from recycled plastic bottles from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as part of seat supports for the Focus Electric. And in 2010, Ford was busy getting out the message that everything from blue jeans to discarded t-shirts to old cotton rags were going to be reused in the 2012 model-year Focus, specifically for soundproofing material and carpet backing. Ford said that year that its vehicles – like most of the cars in the US – were 85 percent recyclable by weight. Check out Lincoln’s press release below.

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