In the interior of the Audi Q4 e-tron, recyclates are used in the insulation and damping materials. Moreover, many of the visible surfaces contain recycled materials. These include the floor covering and parts of the luggage compartment trim. In the S line interior, Dinamica microfiber material, in combination with artificial leather, functions as upholstery for the sport seats. Polyester fibers make up 45 percent of the Dinamica material, which still looks and feels like suede, however. The fibers used are obtained from recycled PET bottles, old textiles, or residual fibers. In contrast to the previous microfiber quality, the production of Dinamica is also solvent-free – a further contribution to environmental protection.
The carpeting and floor mats in the Audi e-tron GT* are made of Econyl – a material that consists of 100 percent recycled nylon fibers. They come from production waste, fabric and carpet scraps, or old fishing nets. The sports seats plus come optionally in a leather-free design package in black. The seat covers here are either a combination of imitation leather with the fabric Kaskade or a mix of imitation leather with Dinamica. Either way, the covers are made predominantly with materials such as polyester fibers recovered from recycled PET bottles, textiles or residual fibers – each Kaskade seat cover alone contains 119 recycled plastic bottles.
Seat covers made from secondary raw materials were used for the first time in the fourth generation of the Audi A3. They contain up to 89 percent recyclate. There are up to 45 1.5-liter PET bottles in the Audi A3’s seats. Then there are the additional 62 PET bottles that are recycled for the carpet. In fact, more and more components in the A3’s interior are made with secondary raw materials, including insulation and damping components, the side panels of the trunk, the loading floor, and the insert mats.