In an effort to help stop global warming, slow the depletion of oil reserves, and protect forests; Mitsubishi has developed a bamboo-fibre reinforced plant-based resin for use in automobile interiors to cut carbon dioxide emissions through-out the vehicles life cycle.
This plant-based resin product is called polybutylene succinate (PBS) was developed with co-operation between Mitsubishi and the Aichi Industrial Technology Institute.
Mitsubishi plans to substitute the plant-based resin product for materials such as petroleum-based resins and wood hard-boards used in car interiors. A new concept mini-car will be the first concept car that uses those parts as the interior. This car will be introduced in Japan in 2007.