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A car that repels dirt

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Posted: 6 am ET

cars-blog-nissan-self-cleaning-carHate washing your car? Can't find time to go through the car wash? Nissan is working on a solution.

Nissan in Europe has been testing a new paint technology that repels mud, rain and dirt. Called Ultra-Ever Dry, the technology creates a protective layer of air between the paint and the environment, preventing standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car body.

The super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint has been applied to a Nissan Note, creating what the company has billed as the world's first "self-cleaning" car. Nissan engineers have been testing the car in situations involving rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water and will continue tests for the next several months.

Nissan says there are no plans to offer the technology as standard equipment, but that it will consider making it available as an aftermarket option.

There's one Nissan that bids adieu in 2014. Do you know which one? Read "Say goodbye to 5 discontinued cars in 2014."

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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