Mazda pops the cork on electric MX-30

Mazda MX-30 HERO

Mazda started life as a cork company and is now using the material in its first EV. Car Design News’ Deputy editor Michael Nash visits the site in Portugal where the material is processed

The smell of cork is extremely distinctive – dry and woody, but also rich and warm. It permeates the headquarters of Corticeira Amorim, the world’s biggest cork processing group, where CDN has come to see how the material could play an increasingly prominent role inside the vehicle.

“Cork holds a lot of potential for the automotive industry, and the material is becoming more omnipresent in the interior design space as a whole – in homes, for example,” says Mazda senior designer Sandra Höner zu Bentrup. ”Cork is versatile and great for both larger areas and accent pieces.”

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