DETROIT – Imagine cleaning the interior of a car and instead of vacuuming the floor, vacuuming the instrument panel. And on the floor, instead of carpeting, finding rubber or plastic, easily cleaned with nothing more than a standard garden hose. If some auto interior specialists have their way, this off-the-wall scenario may be a reality. Carpeting on the instrument panel and rubber or plastic flooring are just two design concepts kicked around by panelists at the recent 2002 Auto ...

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