The strict European pollution control norms has made this possible. Not just Audi, but other brands too, are procuring means to reduce the pollution be it from the exhaust pipe of the vehicle or even means of production. Audi has made significant gains in reducing the whole-life impact on the environment of its latest high-tech sports car. When the new Audi TT is compared with its predecessor, there is an increase in power output of up to 14 per cent and a reduction in emissions by 11 per cent. Audi states in its new life cycle assessment of the third-generation TT, this means that each car in the series saves around 5.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases over its entire life cycle. This includes not just carbon dioxide, but other substances such as methane, nitrous oxide and halogenated organic emissions. Audi hasn’t just managed to reduce the carbon footprint, but at the same time even the production has been enhanced for reducing the other pollutants it realizes.
There have been a host of technologies that have contributed towards a better assessment of the Audi TT, including lightweight construction. Thanks to an intelligent combination of materials, Audi engineers have, for the second time in a row, succeeded in reducing the car’s unladen weight. The first model change in 2006 saw weight savings of up to 90 kilograms achieved. With the front-wheel driven 2.0 TFSI engine variant of the new TT now weighing in at just 1,230 kilograms, this means that the car is once again around 50 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
There has been some good weight reduction and intelligent lightweight construction measures to impact the vehicle manufacturing process. Here, it has been possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around nine per cent, or 800 kilograms– a result that benefits the customers. The new TT generation offers a better life cycle assessment than its predecessor. “Our goal is to reduce significantly the overall emissions of each model compared with its predecessor,” states Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. “However, it’s not just a matter of what comes out of the exhaust pipe. At Audi, we look at the entire product and process chain associated with mobility.”
Source : CarDekho