Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the petrol engines powering its A- and B-Class already meet the required emission limits as set by EURO 6, two years before the standard comes into effect on September 1, 2014. As a matter of fact, Mercedes engines have already undercut the particulate limits being introduced for the first time for petrol engines.
Mercedes also offers to recode models that have already been delivered to buyers. The direct-injection petrol engines in the A 180, A 200 and A 250, and their corresponding models in the B-Class were able to undercut the emission limits thanks especially to advanced Mercedes-Benz technology.
The technology also enabled direct-injection petrol engines to undercut the strict particle number limit of 6 x 1011 per km, which would only become compulsory in 2017 on the second stage of EURO 6.
The conformity for vehicles produced from August 2012, or September 2012 for the B-Class will be documented in the Certificate of Conformity (COC). Vehicles built earlier than the said months could also be appropriately recoded. Mercedes customers will be contacted so they could get a new COC document along with manufacturer confirmation from their Mercedes-Benz service partner.
European Commission published Directive 459/2012 on May 29, 2012, instituting the EURO 6 emission regulations for vehicles with petrol engines from January 1, 2014, for Stage 1, and from January 1, 2017, for Stage 2. According to the new specification, petrol models have to meet the strict particulate limits of 6 x 1011 particles per kilometre in the future.
The new Mercedes A-Class production car takes on the radical form language first seen and presented on the A-Class Concept. Thanks to the adoption of this new Mercedes-Benz design strategy on this series production car, the new A-Class is bestowed with a distinct two-box design, a sporty and dramatic exterior and an eloquently luxurious interior. This was further emphasized by the fact that the new A-Class sits up to 18 cm lower on the road than the previous model.
Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz, remarked that while it was a challenge to adopt the new dynamic design of Mercedes into the compact class, it proved to be fun. He quipped that the sculptural shape of the A-Class is typically Mercedes, as well as its character lines on the sides that gives this compact vehicle structure. He added that the interior of the new A-Class also exudes a dynamic style that is typically Mercedes.
On the exterior, the new A-Class is well distinguished by its tight surfaces and its defined edges. It is easy to tell the harmonious interplay between the car’s concave and convex surfaces, resulting in a distinctive recreation of light. This can well be seen on the sides of the new Mercedes A-Class. The long V-shaped front end of the new A-Class, meanwhile, is marked by its unique radiator grille flanked by separate headlamps. Positioned on the center of the radiator grille is the so-called Mercedes star, bordered on the sides by double slats as well as extra air intakes. The front end also marks the terminal point for the "dropping line" that could be seen on the side profile of the A-Class.
Meanwhile, the headlights of the new A-Class feature new characteristic graphic design as well as new configuration of the light functions. The headlamps’ daytime driving lights and indicators feature the so-called “flare effect,” which was achieved by a systematic arrangement of the light modules and LEDs behind the cover glass. This "flare effect” is the result of the unique arrangement feature line within the headlights, the bulb sets for the indicators and the LED modules for the daytime running lamps.