Self-cleaning car tech on new Note is being trialled for future aftermarket use; Nissan claims it could put an end to the weekly car wash

Nissan has unveiled what is says is the world's first self-cleaning car technology.

The firm has painted its Note supermini with new super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paintwork, which Nissan says repels mud, rain and everyday dirt.

The technology could quickly render washing a car a thing of the past, says the company. Nissan plans to test the Note in a variety of conditions over the coming months, before deciding whether to make it an aftermarket option for its cars.

Dubbed Ultra-Ever Dry technology, the paint works by creating a protective layer of air between the paint and the environment. Nissan claims the paint stops dirty marks created by road spray and standing water from clinging to the car.

Nissan has previously trailed a 'self-cleaning' coating on its rear-view camera systems. That technology used water and compressed air to keep the camera lens free of dirt.

See the new technology in action in the video below:

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25 April 2014
Every car should have this - although I guess it's technically not "self-cleaning" but "really, really, really dirt-repellant"

25 April 2014
Apart from all the bits not treated with the special coating, lights, grills, windows. Still useful though, would make washing the car much quicker.

25 April 2014
I had a 370Z in what Nissan described as self healing paint - scratches were meant to disappear on their own, and it was utter rubbish - scratches never got any better, and worse the black paint was really soft, so scratches and stone chips happened much more regularly.

Hopefully this dirt repellant paint works better, but it would put an end to the aftermarket add on paint protection sold at a hugely inflated price by dealers as a profit booster.

25 April 2014
This brings to mind an April Fool idea from BMW that they ran 10 years ago, and which Subaru tried again with 2 years ago with their self-cleaning XV. Did this one get a bit delayed in being announced by Nissan?

25 April 2014
I really like cleaning my car.

25 April 2014
they make one in black.

25 April 2014
Ah, the video explains it...the press photos were crap. Same idea self-cleaning glass then, repels rather than cleans. I wonder how it copes with Saharan dust, does that just blow away when you drive?

26 April 2014
My garage insists on jet-washing the car...whether it's dirty or not. They also leave detergent spots on the bodywork, since they never rinse it properly. I normally use a microfibre glove and water only and achieve an excellent result. Of course, unlike garages, I'm particular about my car.

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