Mercedes-Benz GLA

The Mercedes-Benz GLA 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 the entire life cycle of the GLA 200 (Combined fuel consumption (petrol) 6.0–5.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 138–134 g/km*), the life cycle inventory analysis yields for an environmental input of approx. 32 tonnes of CO₂ [1] and around 21 kilograms NOx [1].

[1] Status environmental certificate/certificated values: 2013

Material composition

Steel/ferrous materials account for slightly over half of the vehicle weight (57.5 percent) in the GLA.

These are followed by polymer materials at 20.5 percent and light alloys as the third-largest group (9.6 percent).

Secondary and renewable raw materials

In the base variant of the GLA, a total of 41 components with an overall weight of 35.9 kilograms can be manufactured partly from high-quality recycled plastics. Typical areas of use are wheel arch linings, cable ducts and underbody panels, which consist for the most part of polypro-pylene.

Therefore, established processes are also applied for the GLA: a secondary raw material comprised of reprocessed starter batteries and bumper panelling is used for the wheel arch linings, for example.

In automotive production, the use of renewable raw materials is concentrated primarily in the vehicle interior. Established natural materials such as coconut, cellulose and wood fibres, wool and natural rubber are also used, of course, in series production of the GLA. In the base variant of the new GLA, a total of 46 components with an overall weight of 21 kilograms are made using natural 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.

More to European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF)

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