Designers point towards sustainable vehicle interiors

Volkswagen ID Life interior

Sustainability is the driving force shaping the car interior, feeding into current trends such as premiumisation, autonomous driving and customisation. But how much are we willing to sacrifice for a CO2-free future?

The car design microscope is firmly fixed on interiors. With electrification, autonomous driving, material and technological innovation, carmakers are keen to take advantage of evolving trends that continue to open avenues of exploration and progression.  

In a special Car Design News livestream, design experts from around the world were invited to discuss these themes in a bid to shine a light on the interior of the future. To open proceedings, Daniel Harrison, automotive analyst at Car Design News, provided a summary of his recently penned report titled The Future of Interiors, completed in collaboration with Ultrafabrics.  

“The intention was to investigate the future of interiors and what that holds,” he explained. “We used a thorough methodology, surveying around 17,000 people and combining the results with secondary research on market data and trends. The key finding was one of sustainability, which is the dominant trend in the design of car interiors. The second trend we saw was premiumisation, and the third was market growth for fabrics.”  

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