And it came to pass that we entered the grass pollen season even as tree pollen is still doing its nasal thing. The good news is, from next month, compact Audi models will bring a breath of fresher air to their occupants thanks to a new air conditioning filter that not only removes fine particulates and harmful gases from the air, but also neutralises virtually all allergens. This will come as a blessing to those poor souls who suffer from the effects of tree pollen, grass pollen and nature’s sundry pollutants.
With the new filter, which will be used in the Audi A1, A3, Q3 and TT model series from June, Audi is setting a new standard worldwide in the premium compact segment.
The new Audi Q2 compact SUV will be equipped with the filter at market launch. Customers can also have their cars in the respective model series retrofitted with the new filter as part of their regularly scheduled service intervals. That’s good service.
Two versions of the filter will be used, each of which comprises three layers. 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 specialist testing institutions which investigate allergenic and filter properties show that the new filters will be effective.
The two remaining layers also make a significant contribution to the high air quality in the interior. The filtration layer made up of special microfibres 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.
One of the most irritating things a driver can experience is the passenger who insists on opening windows in climate controlled cars. This just lets in the warm air you are trying to eliminate and, obviously, all the air pollutants that nature offers. From sufferers everywhere – Audi, our nostrils thank you. Geoff Maxted