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More and more people are now choosing to eat and dress vegan. But what about car interiors? Can they be free from material of animal origin? We are receiving more and more questions about car interiors that meet this criterion. To make it easier for you in your search for a car suitable for your vegan lifestyle, we therefore asked the main car brands about the vegan models available today.

What does “vegan interior” mean?

In cars with a vegan interior, no material of animal origin (such as leather or wool) is used for the interior surfaces of the passenger compartment. This includes the seats, upholstery, steering wheel, and gear lever.

Please note that car interior options may vary from country to country compared to the company’s initial recommendations, so the availability of vegan interiors is not always guaranteed. Only the latest versions of car models are listed. Please contact your nearest dealer for any further information.

Here are the results of the very first survey of vegan car interiors conducted by PETA:

Vegan interior available

  • CITROËN

    Vegan cabin as standard

    • Citroën C1, in Live and Feel versions
    • Citroën C3, in Live, Feel and Feel Business versions
    • Citroën C3 Aircross SUV, Live version
    • Citroën C-Elysée, in Live version
    • Citroën E-Berlingo Multispace, in Feel Nav version
    • Citroën Berlingo, in Live version
    • Citroën SpaceTourer, in Feel and Business versions
    • Citroën Jumpy Combi, on all versions
    • Citroën Jumper Combi, on all versions
  • DACIA

    Vegan cabin as standard

    • Dacia Logan
    • Dacia Sandero
    • Dacia Sandero Stepway
    • Dacia Duster
    • Dacia Lodgy
    • Dacia Logan MCV
    • Dacia Dokker
  • FORD

    Vegan cabin as standard

  • HONDA

    Vegan cabin as standard

    Optional vegan cabin

  • JAGUAR LAND ROVER

    Vegan cabin as standard

    Optional vegan cabin

    • Jaguar I-PACE (Luxtec S)
    • Land Rover Discovery Sport (Miko and Luxtec microfiber suede)
  • THIS

    Vegan cabin as standard

    • Picanto (1st year)
    • Rio (1st year)
  • Mercedes-benz

    Vegan cabin as standard

    • Mercedes-Benz Class A
    • Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine
    • Mercedes-Benz Class B
    • Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe
    • Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake
    • Mercedes-Benz V-Class

    Optional vegan cabin

    • Mercedes-Benz C-Class *
    • Mercedes-Benz E-Class *
    • Mercedes-Benz EQC *
    • Mercedes-Benz S-Class **
    • Mercedes-Maybach S-Class **

    * Steering wheel to be ordered specially

    ** Seat and upholstery to be ordered specially

  • PEUGEOT

    Vegan cabin as standard

    • Peugeot 108, in Like and Active versions
    • New Peugeot 208, in Like version
    • Peugeot Rifter, an Active version
    • Peugeot Expert Combi, on all versions
    • Peugeot Traveler, in Active and Business versions
    • Peugeot Boxer Combi, on all versions
  • THE POLAR STAR

    Vegan cabin as standard

  • RENAULT

    Vegan cabin as standard

    • Renault Twingo
    • Renault Clio
    • Renault Captur
    • Renault Megane
    • Renault Megane Estate
    • Renault Kangoo
    • Renault Trafic
  • CLEVER

    Vegan cabin as standard

  • YOU’RE HERE

    Vegan cabin as standard

    Optional vegan cabin

    • Tesla Model S
    • Tesla Model X
  • TOYOTA

    Vegan cabin as standard

    • Toyota Aygo
    • Toyota Corolla hatchback
    • Toyota Corolla sedan
    • Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
    • Toyota fortuner
    • Toyota hilux
    • Toyota Prius and Prius +
    • Toyota yaris
  • VAUXHALL

    Optional vegan cabin

    • Combo Cargo
    • Movano
    • Vivaro
    • Vivaro-e
    • Zafira-e
    • Zafira-e’s life

Vegan interior unavailable

AUDI

BENTLEY

Bmw

BUGATTI

FERRARI

LAMBORGHINI

LEXUS

MAZDA

MINI

PORSCHE

ROLLS ROYCE

SEAT

PITY

VOLKSWAGEN

VOLVO (NB: Vegan interiors will be available as an option from 2021)

No information provided

ABARTH

ALFA ROMEO

ASTON MARTIN

DECREE

HYUNDAI

ISUZU

JEEP

LOTUS

MITSUBISHI

NISSAN

SUBARU

SUZUKI

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Why are leather and wool a problem?

The leather industry generates 400 billion dollars a year worldwide and is responsible for the slaughter of more than a billion animals. The calves are marked on the face. Cows and bulls are electrocuted and beaten before they are finally slaughtered in order to transform their hides into leather interiors used by the world’s largest automakers.

On average, it takes three cowhides to cover the interior of a standard car. The figure may rise to 15 for some vehicles.

Sheep are now being bred to produce much more wool than is natural. Around the world, reports have shown how these gentle animals are brutally beaten, maimed and even killed during brutal mowing. Their fleece will then be transformed into fabrics used for seats and upholstery. Once they are no longer useful to the industry, they are sent to the slaughterhouse.

The production of material of animal origin is as bad for the earth as it is cruel for animals. Vegan fabrics (even synthetic) have a much smaller ecological footprint and are mostly durable, innovative and resilient.

What you can do

Contact companies! It’s a good thing to see so many big names in the automotive industry shifting to second gear in using eco-friendly vegan fabrics that no animals have been killed for (like apple and grape leather) in their vehicles. However, some manufacturers remain at a standstill.

Remember: your opinion matters. If an automaker doesn’t currently offer vegan interiors, contact them and encourage them to introduce some.

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