Audi is pioneering the introduction of the world's cleanest diesel technology to the UK in Q7 SUV models that help to rid the air of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions, regarded by many as being dramatically more harmful to humans than Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Capable of removing up to 90 per cent of NOx particles from exhaust gases, this ultra-low emission technology will be a highlight at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show (17th to 27th September 2009), where it will be showcased in the compact executive Audi A4 Saloon.
The Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel (from £40,060 OTR) is the first passenger car to be available in the UK with this advanced system, which has been designed to maximise engine efficiency and to optimise the after-treatment of exhaust gas. With its help, the 3.0-litre TDI engine powering the Q7, and showcased in the Audi A4 in Frankfurt, already complies with proposed EU6 emissions limits that are not due to come into force in Europe until 2014.
The core components of this ultra-low-emission system are a new common-rail injection system (which generates up to 2,000 bars of pressure), innovative pressure sensors in the combustion chamber and an especially high-performance exhaust recirculating system. Collectively these measures ensure a highly efficient and low-emission combustion process. In addition, an innovative DeNOX catalytic converter, or 'NOx trap', integrated within the exhaust system reduces residual nitrogen oxides, while just upstream of it a pump injects an aqueous solution called AdBlue into the hot exhaust flow, where it decomposes into ammonia. The ammonia then has the effect of splitting the nitrogen oxides into the inert gas nitrogen and into water.
The use of clean diesel technology reduces the output of nitrogen oxide or NOx by up to 90 per cent. The suppression of NOx is widely regarded by experts as being as crucial to our wellbeing as the reduction of CO2 because on contact with sunlight it can form photochemical smog, a form of air pollution which can cause damage to lung tissue and a reduction in lung function.
Audi Q7 breathes easier - The Audi Q7 SUV is already available in the UK with a TDI engine featuring the world's cleanest diesel technology reducing emissions of harmful nitrogen oxide by up to 90 per cent. At the 2009 Frankfurt Show Audi will exhibit an Audi A4 Saloon benefiting from the same advanced technology.
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