When consumer-targeted auto magazines write about new cars, comments about the interiors usually focus on the plastic. All vehicle interiors are loaded with plastic these days, obviously, but critics tend to pick on interiors that they feel are "too plastic" or "too plasticky," while they prefer designs that use more soft-touch materials. So I got a kick out of this recent post from Popular Mechanic magazine's Proving Ground blog: "Chevy: 'We're Letting Plastic be Plastic.'" It's about the introduction of Chevrolet's entry-level Spark, which, because it has a price tag below $13,000, doesn't include the soft-touch materials that critics seem to like so much.
Chevy: "We're letting plastic be plastic"
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