On January 29, Mercedes-Benz will launch its new CLS model, which is believed to be the most exciting version of the model ever to be released. The carmaker has already started to take orders. What makes the model even more interesting is that it is an environmentally friendly car. Based on a life cycle analysis of the model, the TUV Sud gave the CLS the ISO 14062 standard environmental certification.
Auditors say that the new CLS is one-third more eco-conscious than its predecessor, emitting 21% less nitrogen oxide, 30% less CO2, and boasting an energy content that’s equivalent to 9,300 liters of petrol.
Herbert Kohler, Daimler chief environmental officer, said that the company has been making unprecedented “rapid advances in efficiency.” He also said that the company goes beyond merely complying with legal requirements as it examines the environmental compatibility of its models throughout their life cycle – “from production, through their many years of usage, to end-of-life recycling.”
Mercedes-Benz’s effort to make its products friendlier to mother Earth has been bearing fruits, especially in its new offerings like the Mercedes CLS. Now more eco-conscientious, the new Mercedes CLS is estimated to emit 30 percent less carbon dioxide and 21 percent less nitrogen oxide than its predecessor over its entire life cycle.
Likewise, the new Mercedes CLS is estimated to log 27 percent more primary energy savings compared to its predecessor, translating to the energy content of 9,300 liters of gasoline. Most of the reductions and savings were primarily attributed to the fact that new Mercedes CLS models are now more fuel-efficient than their predecessors.
For instance, the CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY now only consumes 6.8 liters of gasoline on a journey of 100 km, while its predecessor, on its market entry in 2014, uses up 6.8 liters per 100 km travelled.
Aside from better fuel efficiency, the Mercedes CLS in fact is already complying with the mandatory recycling rate of 95 percent by weight, which will be effective on January 1, 2015. Interestingly, every time Mercedes develops a new model or create a new vehicle, it already takes into account future requirements in vehicle recycling.
Over time, Mercedes also made sure that the CLS contains parts made from recycled and natural materials. For instance, the new CLS has around 61 components that can be partly produced from high-quality recycled plastics, for a combined weight of 49 kg.
Also, the total mass of approved recycled components had gone up 96 percent over the previous model. On the other hand, around 56 components for the CLS are made from natural materials for a combined weight of almost 31 kilograms. For instance, the coupe’s boot floor is made from a cardboard honeycomb structure while the tank vent filter is made of coke.