The 2016 iteration of the Mazda Miata is the first vehicle on the market to incorporate special bioplastic components developed by Mazda itself. The bioplastic is constructed out of materials derived from plants rather than petroleum, and doesn't need to be painted.
The plastic was developed as part of a collaboration between Mazda and the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. It is exceptionally impact-resistant, scratch-proof and weather-resistant, which is why it doesn't need to be painted.
The material can be dyed to produce a deep, rich hue that is superior to the hue achieved by painting traditional plastic.
The new Mazda Miata will feature interior elements forged out of this material, while future models are set to incorporate it into some of their external components.