A display wall of various gemstones applied to lightweight acrylic, an application that is suitable for vehicle interiors, says Creation Gems.
The Fisker Karma EV instrument panel uses reclaimed wood from the bottom of Lake Michigan, as well as fabric and Alcantara.
The upcoming '13 Ford Fusion boasts a 'dune' interior color option, typically seen in luxury models, clean design and high-quality materials.
Mother of pearl, typically used in jewelry or home decor, applied to a door panel by Creation Gems.
A closeup of agate, a mineral used as a gemstone but possible for use in luxury vehicle interiors, says Murray Design's Pat Murray.
Clean, integrated seat designs, those without the visual clutter of latches and plastic parts, will be seen more in the future, says Magna. Pictured is the '12 Lexus CT 200h.
The Mercedes-Benz R-Class, an example of seats which don't have a clean, integrated look.
As mainstream vehicles become more luxurious in their content and materials, what does the future hold for the premium brands? New materials, such as gemstones and rare woods, are some options.
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