The animal rights organisation PETA has surveyed car manufacturers around the world and found an increase in their offer of vegan car interiors. PETA contacted the most popular car brands to find out whether they offer interiors free of animal-derived materials (such as wool or leather) in their cabin surfaces, trims, seats, and steering wheels.

Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Volkswagen, and BMW now offer several models with vegan interiors. Dacia, Volvo, Citroën, Peugeot, Renault, smart, and Polestar now offer vegan interior options either as standard or on request, and Fisker, BYD, Abarth, Jeep, Kia, and Lancia also offer vegan options across Europe.

On the other hand, Audi, Ferrari, Bentley, Bugatti, Hongqi, Hyundai, Mazda, IM, Lexus, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, SEAT, and Tata either did not respond to the survey or confirmed that they do not offer vegan interiors.

In 2022, PETA ran a similar survey in Europe, and already several models were found to use animal-free materials. However, now there are more that do.

In 2023, the BMW Group launched for the first time, vehicles with fully vegan interiors. The previous year, Cactus and fully bio-based biodegradable materials passed rigorous testing procedures for seats, as well as for steering wheels and gear stick gaiters. In a press statement, BMW said at the time that the move would serve “the demand for vegan and leather-free interiors, which is set to increase further in the near future, especially in the US, China, and Europe.”

In 2023, car dealership Dick Lovett ranked the 25 most vegan-friendly car manufacturers, and Ford came out on top, followed by Honda, Vauxhall, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan.

Yvonne Taylor, PETA Vice President of Corporate Projects, said “Car interiors made from wool and leather are the products of cruelty and are harmful to the planet. PETA is celebrating the growing number of companies offering vegan interiors as standard and calling on those still dragging their tyres to gear up to innovative plant leathers and vegan wools.”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.