Allergy---There are a million
reasons for it. The worst kind is when you are in a car and your air
conditioner sucks in particulates and gases that trigger your allergy. However,
things are going to change for those driving an Audi car. Beginning June 2016,
compact Audi models will roll off the assembly line with a new filter in the
air conditioning system. This not only removes fine particulates and harmful
gases from the air, it also neutralises a majority of allergens. With the new filter,
Audi is setting a new standard worldwide in the premium compact segment.
A new air conditioning filter
will be used in the Audi A1, A3, Q3 and TT model series beginning in June. The
new Audi Q2 will be equipped with the filter at market launch globally. Customers
can also have their cars in the respective model series retrofitted with the
new filter as part of their regularly scheduled service intervals.
The filter is available in two
versions, each of which comprises three layers. They work differently, however.
What makes them special is the new outer carrier layer, which now features an
additional anti-allergen effect. One variant reduces allergens by means of
plant-derived, bioactive substances called polyphenols, which attach themselves
to the receptors of the allergens. The other uses a modification of the protein
structure to achieve the desired effect. Independent tests by specialised
testing institutions such as SGS Fresenius, which investigates the allergenic
properties, and Fiatec GmbH, which tests the filter properties, confirm the
high effectiveness of the new Audi filters.
The two layers present in
existing filters also make a significant contribution to the high air quality
in the interior. The filtration layer made up of special microfibers removes
even the tiniest of particulates from the air. Gaseous impurities are trapped
in the activated carbon layer.
A comprehensive measurement
series documents the high effectiveness of the filter system. The arrangement
of the layers ensures outstanding separation performance and conditioner air
throughput over the life of the filter.
Source: Audi AG