Mercedes A-Class production begins in Germany

first_imgThe production of new Mercedes A-Class , which garnered more than 40,000 orders ever since bookings were announced in mid-June, has started at the Rastatt plant of Mercedes in Germany, said a report. The new B-Class and the upcoming compact SUV will also roll from the same line, as the B-Class has found more than 70,000 new homes since its launch in November 2011, said the report.”This start of production marks a further milestone in our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy. The A-Class represents our offensive in the compact segment,” said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. He further said, “And there is more to come: The compact SUV will be the third model we will build here in Rastatt.”A report on motoring.asiaone.com has described the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class as “a sporty and radical design based on an all-new front-wheel-drive architecture, one which the five-door hatchback will eventually share with other body styles such as a coupe and a crossover.” “The new A-Class has a lower centre of gravity, thanks to Merc’s decision to ditch the previous sandwich floor construction. The car is also bigger at 4,355 mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2,699 mm but with a height of just 1,433 mm,” the report further adds in its review.This new generation of four-cylinder engines already meets the stricter Euro 6 emission standard before it comes into force. The A-Class can be ordered in a variety of trim levels, with the highest being AMG Sport. AMG is the tuning division of Mercedes-Benz and the A250 AMG Sport comes with several high-performance modifications.The report, meanwhile, concludes that with the A250 AMG Sport, Mercedes-Benz has managed to overhaul its image in one fell swoop. And as if that’s not enough, look out for the A45 AMG with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine driving all four wheels in the first quarter of 2013.advertisementlast_img

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