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GMC Terrain owners can rejoice in the benefits of eco-conscious engineering every time they take to the road.
The Canadian-made compact crossover provides segment leading highway fuel efficiency of 6.1 L/100km as well as a quiet interior, thanks in part to the innovative – and intentional – use of recycled and renewable parts in its design.
“We’re not just using renewable and recycled materials for the sake of being ‘green’,” explained Lora Herron, GM bio and recycled materials engineer. “They are often more energy efficient to manufacture than parts made from virgin materials, and they can be lighter weight as well, which helps reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy.”
So what parts of the Terrain are made from recycled or renewable materials? Let’s start with its roof reinforcement, which is made from the kenaf plant.
Kenaf is a rapidly renewable plant sustainably cultivated in south Asia and is hollow like bamboo, which makes it an effective sound dampener.
As well, the Terrain’s dashboard, carpet and cargo area have been insulated with materials made from recycled jeans and carpet, which is 50% lighter than traditional insulation and easier to recycle. The use of these sound-absorbing materials helps keep the Terrain’s interior quiet, even at 112 km/h.
John Bradburn, a GM Environmental Engineer, says the company’s goal is to “continually increase the amount of recycled and bio-based material we use in our vehicles to help improve the end product for our customers and help reduce the impact on the environment.”
All of which makes for good news for GMC Terrain drivers.
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