The Mercedes-Benz A-Class not only meets the highest demands in terms of safety, comfort, agility, and design, but also shows significant improvements regarding the examined environmental aspects over the entire lifecycle compared to the predecessor.
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Material composition
- Secondary and renewable raw materials
- Allergy-tested car cabin
Life Cycle Assessment
Over its entire life cycle, comprising production, use over 160,000 kilometres, and reco-very, the new model A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY (Combined fuel consumption (petrol): 5.2 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 120 g/km*) gives rise to 15 percent (approximately 6 tonnes ) less CO₂ emissions than its predecessor.
 Status environmental certificate/certificated values: 2012
In comparison with the predecessor the new A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY reveals several differences in the material mix. At 57.5 percent the new A-Class has almost 7 percent less steel content, while its proportion of light alloys is around 2 percent higher and the level of polymers is roughly 3 percent higher than on the predecessor.
Secondary and renewable raw materials
In the new A-Class, a total of 46 components with an overall weight of 34.2 kilograms can be manufactured party from high-quality recycled plastics. This results in a 11 percent increase in the weight of approved recycled components in comparison to the previous model. Typical areas of use are wheel arch linings and underbody panels, which consist for the most part of polypropylene.
In automotive production, the use of renewable resources concentrates on the interiors of vehicles. Established natural materials such as coconut, cellulose and wood fibres, wool and natural rubber are employed in series production of the A-Class. In the new A-Class, a total of 20 components with a combined weight of 20.8 kg are produced using natural materials.
The total weight of components manufactured with the use of renewable raw materials has thus increased by 36 percent compared with the predecessor. A biopolymer is being used for the first time in large-scale production at Mercedes-Benz in the engine cover on the new A-Class (petrol engine M 270). The polyamide employed in the production of the engine cover for the A-Class consists of around 70 percent vegetable raw materials.
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.