The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class models, A 180 d and A 200, have successfully completed the TÜV validation audit for the Environmental Certificate. In order to achieve the certification, the models have undergone the assessment carried out by independent experts at TÜV Süd (German Technical Inspection Authority). The evaluation regards the environmental impact of the passenger car over its entire life cycle.
The recently launched A-Class saw the light of day being set in motion by newly developed diesel and petrol engines.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class proudly stands at the top in the ranking of the world’s most aerodynamic cars with a Cd value of 0.25, a figure that positions it higher than the predecessor, that featured a Cd value of 0.26.
The A-Class complies with the Euro 6d-TEMP standards and for this purpose also has completed the so-called RDE road test (Real Driving Emissions). The emissions were calculated throughout use, based on the applicable RDE limits.
The assessment procedure also includes the evaluation of the emission figures from production and recycling phase. Material and other resources used throughout manufacturing also have environmental impacts. In order to reduce them, renewable raw materials and recycled plastic materials (recovered plastics) are also used.
Thus the reinforcing frame of the sliding sunroof of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is completely new. In combination with a thermo-setting bonding agent, a natural fiber mat replaces the conventional sheet steel frame, a solution that also cuts the weight nearly by half.
Accompanying the Dinamica material onboard the A-Class, Mercedes also makes use of a high-quality secondary raw material. Stamping waste is also cut down by the completely redeveloped structure of the instrument panel, since it allowed optimizing the production process. Recycled material composed of reprocessed starter batteries and bumper paneling is used for the wheel arch linings manufacturing.