The new Mercedes-Benz CLA meets the highest standards with regard to safety, comfort, agility, and design, and was also analysed comprehensively in terms of its environmental impact over the entire lifecycle.
Steel/ferrous materials account for slightly the half of the vehicle weight (55.4 percent) in the new CLA 180. These are followed by polymer materials at 20.4 percent and light alloys as third-largest group with 11.2 percent. Service fluids comprise around 4.5 percent. The proportions of other materials (e. g. glass) and non-ferrous metals are somewhat lower, at about 3.8 and 2.8 percent respectively. The remaining materials – process polymers, electronics, and special metals – contribute about 1.9 percent to the weight of the vehicle.
Secondary and renewable raw materials
In the new CLA a total of 183 components including small parts such as push buttons, plastic nuts and cable fasteners with a total weight of 58,8 kilogrammes can be produced partially from less resource consuming materials.
Manufacturing vehicles requires a high degree of material usage. For this reason there is a developmental focus on further reducing the use of resources and the environmental impacts of the materials deployed. To this end, renewable raw materials and recycled plastic materials (recovered plastic) are used. Apart from the economical use of resources, reconditioning components and recycling the raw materials used also play an important role.
Allergy-tested car cabin
Since 2016 all new Mercedes-Benz cars are awarded with the Seal of Quality from the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). The ECARF Seal of Quality is used by ECARF to designate products that have been scientifically tested and proven to be suitable for allergy sufferers.