By Liz White, UT staffTroy, Michigan-Delphi Corp. has created a new skin for instrument panels, consoles and other vehicle interior surfaces made of a thermoplastic polyolefin elastomer, and claims the result is a "luxurious look and feel at a substantially lower cost than traditional sprayed urethane technology." The US-based automotive supply group said it used "breakthrough design and process technology, for its slush cast thermoplastic polyolefin skin. This technology-the newest addition to Delphi's interior skin portfolio-is "the best method for vehicles with complex styling features," the group said. "This advancement in skin technology will have a significant impact on the future of automotive interiors," said Lon Offenbacher, business line executive, cockpits and interior systems and integrated closure systems, Delphi Thermal & Interior, in a company release. "This high value innovation offers our customers, quite simply, superior appearance and performance at less cost than alternatives."According to a Delphi statement, in 1997, the group was the first automotive interior supplier to introduce extruded-sheet forms of TPO for use in thermoforming instrument panel skins. Now, Delphi has developed a powdered form of TPO that can be used in a slush-moulding process. "