A-Class 2013 Mercedes-Benz

A-Class Mercedes Benz – MUNICH, Germany

The new A-Class was first introduced at last year's New York and Shanghai shows where it was presented in concept form.  It received rave reviews and high expectations.  Mercedes-Benz will now produce the A-Class for a new, stylish, high tech and safety enhanced platform to include features typically found on more expensive models like the S-Class.  Mercedes-Benz is considered by many the most dynamic premium brand in the world. The A-Class will represent an important milestone being completely new down to every last detail.

2013 Mercedes Benz A-Class Pictures

For model years 2013 thru 2016 Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive will aid Mercedes in building more than 100,000 Mercedes-Benz A-class compact-premium vehicles.  By shifting some of the A-class production to Valmet, this will minimize wait times for the new A class vehicles to arrive to consumers.  Daimler's plants in Rastatt, Germany, and Kecskemet, Hungary, are at capacity filling orders for the A-Class and B-Class compact vehicles.

There will be a total of 5 compact models (including an SUV version) to be produced in Rastatt.  There will also be a coupe that will be built in Hungary.  Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently indicated that Mercedes' compacts "are among our best weapons" for a major push to get Mercedes the premier-selling OEM by 2020.

Mercedes goal in America will be to garner new and younger individuals to become Mercedes-Benz A-Class buyers.  For the American market it is expected to include the new gas-powered 201-hp 1.8-liter turbo-four to function as the base engine package.

It is estimated that over the next 10 years the global market for premium compacts will grow by as many as 4-5 million vehicles. 

The new Mercedes A-Class will launch in mid-Septemer, 2012.

 

A-Class – Features and Key Areas of Focus:

ü  Value packed vehicle

 

ü  The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will exhibit powerful engines ranging from 80 kW (110 hp) to 156 kW (211 hp).

 

ü  European powertrain options: Three gas-powered 4-cylinder engines ranging from 1.6 to 2.0 liters.   Engine outputs of 115 hp (A180), 156 hp (A200), and 211 hp (A250). (The 1.6-liter introduces the OEM's new Camtronic system which increases fuel efficiency

ü  Safety Package: Radar based – Collision Prevention Assist System.  Safety Functionality: Hill Start Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe system (alerts vehicle of an impending crash)

ü  Includes a lower center of gravity and a revised four-wheel independent suspension.

ü  Euro-spec A-Class offers three Trim Levels: Urban, Style, AMG Sport

 

ü  The sport theme for the five-passenger hatch will include varying color schemes along with metallic accents

 

ü  The exterior design will be the most progressive design in the compact class.

 

ü  Diamond appearance front grille mesh.

 

ü  High quality interior feel.

 

ü  18-inch wheels

 

ü  18 centimetres lower in vehicle height to the road than its predecessor

 

ü  Includes efficient emissions from just 98 g of CO2/km with a drag coefficient of 0.27

 

ü  Competitive luxury compact offerings include the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series

 

ü  The side profile feature still includes the main character line that starts at the bottom of the front door and forges upward at the rear door.

 

ü  The front fascia exhibits a two-bar grille and Light Emitting Diode(LED) daytime running lamp system.

 

ü  Rectangular design roof spoiler at the rear.

 

ü  Aggressively styled front and rear bumpers

 

ü  Red-painted accent components

ü  Infotainment system will provide for I-Phone functionality.

A-Class Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz Wishes Smaller Cars for US Market

 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

For years, Mercedes-Benz has been known for the luxury vehicles supplier for US market and in term of sales figures, the three-pointed German automaker is pretty much done a good job keeping up with Lexus and alongside with local rival – BMW. That does not seem enough for Mercedes-Benz USA as they want to focus on adding market share by taking the almost un-noticeable segment – the FWD or front-wheel drive compact cars.  Now, what kind of army does Mercedes-Benz has to invade that kind of market?

Our best shot is some versions of the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class that might be scheduled for launched in 2014. So, Mercedes-Benz will be invading FWD compact car segment in just one model? Think again because you miss the existence of the A-Class which was a big No-No for the Mercedes-Benz USA. To attract more customers and to convince the execs of the Mercedes-Benz USA, the R&D department has presented a sleek design of A-Class concept that probably will be unveiled on the New York Auto Show this year.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Other model that offered by Mercedes-Benz USA for the FWD compact car segment will be the B-Class. This one is intended to be the “cheapest” model and might available in sedan in crossover soon. Just so you know, the term “cheapest” for you, us, and Mercedes-Benz definitely different because to the German automaker, “cheapest” could be worth twice of our budget.

Back to the C-Class, the Mercedes-Benz USA could be offering the FWD compact car in hybrid and clean diesel variants. For the larger segment, the German auto manufacturer will be preparing for the CL coupe that is currently undergoing a facelift process and let’s not forget about the S-Class that hits the US market in 2013. For us, Mercedes-Benz USA is ready to battle on the aforementioned market segment, don’t you think?