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Nissan Tests New Dirt-Repelling Paint


Just the Facts:
  • Nissan is testing new dirt-repelling paint that it says will result in a "self-cleaning" car.
  • The experimental paint is being tested on a white Nissan Note in Europe.
  • There are no production plans for the unusual exterior paint, but Nissan said it is considering the coating technology as a "future aftermarket option."

ROLLE, Switzerland — Nissan is testing new dirt-repelling paint that it says will result in a "self-cleaning" car.

The experimental paint is being tested on a white Nissan Note in Europe.

There are no production plans for the unusual exterior paint, but Nissan said it is considering the coating technology as a "future aftermarket option." Such as option has not been priced at this point.

A YouTube video of the prototype shows the car zipping through water and mud puddles. The part with the innovative paint appears to remain clean.

The paint "repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again," said Nissan in a statement on Thursday. "So far, the coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc., has responded well to common-use cases, including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water."

The paint technology is called Ultra-Ever Dry. It creates a protective layer of air between the paint and environment.

Automakers are dabbling with ways to make consumers' lives easier when it comes to everyday car maintenance. The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite minivan features a built-in vacuum cleaner that makes cabin clean-up more convenient.

Edmunds says: Will the car wash go the way of the rumble seat and tail fins?

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