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The test was carried out on a Nissan Note.

Nissan has applied a new repellent technology to the paintwork on cars, which automatically fends off mud and dirt.

The Japanese carmaker, which has promised that the technology would render car washes useless, ran a Note compact edition along mud-streaked tracks. The car stood the test with flying colors bearing no dirt particles on the shiny surfaces.

“It works very well,” said Nissan Germany spokesman Alexander Sellei.

The repellant coating creates a microscopic layer of air between the paint and the environment, ensuring that water-based substances like mud and dirt simply roll off the surface.

Nissan has said the paint has “responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.”

“The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving, and Nissan’s engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families’ lives easier,” Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note, Geraldine Ingham has said in a statement. “We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”

German chemical firm Evonik is meanwhile working on a scratch-resistant paint surface which would reduce the micro-scratches which often result from the revolving brushes used in commercial automatic car wash facilities. Several car companies have shown interest, said the Essen-based company.


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