That “New Car Smell”

That “New Car Smell”

That “New Car Smell”

BLOG: Oh, yes…the smell of a new car. We all know exactly what that means, and many of us get a little happy shiver when we get to sniff it. But, what is it, exactly? Taking a quick stroll around the Interwebs, I soon came across this terrific and entertaining article from Car & Driver, in which the author enlisted the help of a wine sommelier to help her define That Smell: Secrets of the New Car Smell. However, a little more digging unearthed some answers that were, frankly, a little less entertaining.

The general consensus seems to be that “New Car Smell” is a combination of the materials that make up a car interior, and the adhesives that hold those materials together. Simply put, that smell that we all enjoy so much is a combination of plastics and glue. Not very sexy, is it? Automakers don’t think so either, and so have teams of professional “noses” that analyze and modify the way thier cars smell in an attempt to make them more appealing. When you inhale that lovely scent of leather? Sorry – automotive leather no longer has a scent. If it did, your car interior would actually reek of, well, cow…not as nice when it surrounds you on a warm summer day. Now, you may be worried that inhaling the scent of plastic and glue is potentially harmful, but according to the American Chemistry Council, there’s no need for concern. In the article Phthalates and the New Car Smell, they say there is “no apparent health hazard”, so just sit back and enjoy…if you’re anything like the rest of us, your new car will soon be smelling more like what your kids left under the seat anyway…

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