Sisal, flax, coconut fiber, cotton and hemp are finding new applications in vehicle exteriors. DaimlerChrysler AG says it will use a natural fiber-enforced engine and transmission cover as standard equipment on the new Mercedes-Benz Travego travel coach. Natural fibers have been working their way into more components over the past 10 years, but had been relegated to the interior (upholstery, door paneling, rear panel shelf). This marks the move to exterior components. Natural fibers ...

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