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Mercedes-Benz really does love to tease, and now, we know why. It is because the top honcho of parent Daimler AG, chairman Dieter Zetsche, loves to do so. In fact, Zetsche was recently featured on a post at Daimler’s LinkedIn business network account, taking a selfie with a camouflaged version of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Yes, the 2018 Mercedes A-Class is finally coming and it is now being test-driven – as well as teased -- by Zetsche himself.
Teasing a new product isn’t actually the main part of Zetche’s job at Daimler. However, he can do as he pleases. Nonetheless, as Daimler’s chairman noted, it is part of his job to test drive new products like the next generation of the A Class. It is his job to make sure that a new model is good enough to pass the careful eyes of the company’s management team, and is ready for series production.
Confirming that the car that he was taking a picture with is the 2018 A-Class in a camouflaged form, Zetsche said in a LinkedIn post that Mercedes will be taking the wraps off the camouflaged A-Class in 2018. He called the new A-Class as special since it is a symbol of the rejuvenation of the Mercedes brand, which started when it introduced the current generation in 2012. He noted that since 2012, Mercedes has sold more than two million units of the A-Class.Read the entire article Daimler chairman takes selfie with camouflaged Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Daimler AG is outsourcing the production of more than 100,000 Mercedes-Benz A-class compact premium cars to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive from 2013 to 2016. The high demand for the A-class model has prompted Daimler to outsource some A-class production to Valmet, According to Mercedes, it has received more than 40,000 orders for the A-class, due to be rolled out in mid-September.
Wolfgang Bernhard, Mercedes' head of manufacturing and procurement, said that Daimler's factories in Rastatt, Germany, and Kecskemet, Hungary, are using their full production capacity in order to keep up with the orders for the A-class and B-class compacts. Bernhard added that the outsourcing deal would allow Mercedes to keep delivery times for the new A-class as short as possible.
Mercedes plans to build five compact models, including a sports utility vehicle, in Rastatt and a coupe model in Hungary. Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche described Mercedes' compacts as among its "best weapons" as the carmaker embarks on a product offensive expected to propel Mercedes to become the top-selling premium brand by 2020.Read the entire article Daimler outsources Mercedes-Benz A-class output to Valmet Automotive
There will be a major shakeup at German group Daimler AG involving its Supervisory and Management Boards. In particular, it involves Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of the Daimler’s Board of Management and the chief executive of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Zetsche has been a member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG since December 1998, and has been its chairman since January 2006. He will be stepping down from these capacities, including as Head of Mercedes car, at the end of Daimler AG’s annual shareholders’ meeting in 2019. This, however, doesn’t mean that Zetsche is quitting Daimler; he is just being prepared to take a new position.
Currently, the Daimler’s Supervisory Board is led by Manfred Bischoff, its current Chairman. His term is set to expire at the end of the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in 2021. Bischoff has been holding this post since April 2007. As preparation for Bischoff’s exit from the Supervisory Board, Daimler is already preparing a succession process this early.Read the entire article Dieter Zetsche to step down as chairman of Daimler’s Board of Management in 2019
Whenever Mercedes-Benz officially unveils a new generation vehicle, it also creates a special edition model dedicated to the launch of the all-new model. Typically called as the Edition 1, this model is essentially a more lavish version of the newly launched next-gen model. Now, after unveiling the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, the carmaker is introducing the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Edition 1.
As a launch edition model, The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Edition 1 is differentiated from its ordinary counterpart with a number of visual tweaks. In addition, compared to the ordinary 2019 A-Class Sedan, the Edition 1 will have more equipment included as standard. The A-Class Sedan Edition 1 Edition 1 is essentially derived from the AMG Line version. It features “Edition” badging on the front fenders to communicate to the world that it is not your typical A-Class Sedan.
Visual tweaks implemented on the exterior of the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Edition 1 include a number of copper accents. These copper accents include the pins on its “diamond” front grille as well as on its elegant 19-inch alloy wheels.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz introduces 2019 A-Class Sedan Edition 1 with copper-like highlights
Mercedes-Benz has published images of the new A-Class hatchback and sedan models, together with spy shots of the B-Class, CLA, GLA and the GLB. But one thing we have not seen yet is the CLA Shooting Brake. While we’ve heard rumours that the swoopy wagon won’t be renewed, we think that the opposite is true.
In January 2017, Autocar heard from Mercedes’ sales and marketing boss, Britta Seeger, that the wagon will be getting a second generation version. There has been no retraction so we take that as a signal that we will soon see a new generation of the CLA SB. Nevertheless, we regret to say that the larger model, the CLS Shooting Brake, has been terminated due to low demand.
It is true that a lot of people have a thing for wagons, but the number of people who are shifting to crossovers and SUVs are significantly more, and really, automakers will just have to head towards the direction where their business will flourish. This is also why we should be glad that Mercedes-Benz is still giving the CLA Shooting Brake a second generation model.Read the entire article X-Tomi’s rendering of Mercedes-Benz A-Class Wagon is a stylish Shooting Brake
Mercedes-Benz is showing some love for the automotive customers in China by unveiling the long-wheelbase version of the A-Class at Auto China 2018, also known as the Beijing Motor Show. The very first A-Class L will be exclusively produced in China, with sales to commence in the country and in other parts of the world in the second half of the year.
While the fourth generation of the A-Class bound for Western Europe next month is the hatchback, the A-Class unveiled at Beijing is a notchback, and Mercedes-Benz is officially calling this compact car the A-Class L Sedan, with the “L” suffix referring to its long-wheelbase character.
This is because the wheelbase of the A-Class L Sedan (at 2,789 mm) is around 60 mm longer than that of the A-Class hatchback (at 2,729 mm), offering more knee room for rear passengers. In terms of dimensions, the new A-Class L Sedan measures 4,609 in length, 1,796 mm in width and 1,460 mm in height. It offers up to 420 liters of boot space.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan unveiled at 2018 Beijing Motor Show
Perhaps it isn't so hard to notice the deluge of new products from Mercedes-Benz. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz and its high-performance arm AMG unveiled or displayed several new models. With this aggressive onslaught, the premium carmaker is seemingly not running out of new products.
But this aggressive product onslaught also meant that the premium carmaker is virtually releasing a new vehicle into a new niche. Sooner or later, Mercedes is going to run out of niches to fill. In fact, it appears that Mercedes has two products in every niche, an overlapping strategy that might confuse even its own customers. Could this mean that Mercedes has already exhausted new ideas?
This question was answered by no other than the chief executive of Mercedes’ parent (Daimler AG), Dieter Zetsche. In an interview with Top Gear, Zetsche remarked that there aren't many niches left for Mercedes to fill. This is practically an admission that Mercedes is reaching a cul-de-sac when it comes to filling in niches with new products.Read the entire article Daimler big boss admits Mercedes-Benz is close to filling in every niche it can
Mercedes-Benz has not unveiled the A-Class Sedan yet, though we think that we will see it very soon because the automaker has already revealed the hatchback, and it should not be too long for the saloon to come out this year.
The Germany based automaker displayed a concept at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. But we have to agree that this model, in Shooting Brake guise, will be absolutely stunning. Aksyonov Nikita has already done the work for us. He released images of an A Class Shooting Brake that looks ready to enter production.
In 2017, the automaker actually made it clear that they will draw a distinct line between the A-Class sedan and the next generation CLA by giving the CLA a fastback styling. The A-Class is going to be the model the CLA will be based on, and will then use the front wheel drive platform of the A-Class, though it will adapt its own distinct style. This will then be placed above the A-Class Sedan in Mercedes’ lineup.Read the entire article Artist creates Shooting Brake version of 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Recently, Mercedes-Benz announced that their new compact family will have at least 8 members. That’s a lot to swallow but we never really considered the A-Class would be associated with the Maybach sub brand.
But apparently, its inclusion makes sense to one artist, and that is Aksyonov Nikita. He rendered something that he calls the Mercedes Maybach A-Class. Of course, he took inspiration from no other than other Maybachs in Mercedes’ range - and by looking at his creation, all we can say is that it looks interesting.
The most obvious element in this rendering is the paint. We think that Nikita got this shade of blue from the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept, except that it has a matte finish instead. Moreover, its front grille as well as the eye catching multi-spoke rims seem to also come from the same model.Read the entire article Mercedes-Maybach A-Class rendered... because why not!
It wasn’t that long ago when we first saw Mercedes-Benz’ newest A-Class when it made its world debut. And already, X-Tomi Design has already reworked it as a convertible. Now, the rendered version only comes with two doors instead of four, while losing its roof - turning it into a trendy four-seat drop top.
Right now, we believe that Mercedes-Benz has no intentions of launching a convertible model on its compact, front wheel drive platform. But still, its lineup will offer an array of different things. This includes an A-Class that would offer customers a five door hatchback, while the A-Class Sedan looks similar, but only comes with four doors and a trunk.
Aside from those, Mercedes Benz offers the CLA-Class for customers who look for a four door model with more style. There is also the more utilitarian B-Class hatchback for the more adventurous people. And let us not forget the GLA-Class, which is a coupe inspired crossover, and the GLB-Class that is a boxier SUV.Read the entire article X-Tomi reimagines the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class as a convertible
Mercedes-Benz recently announced their newest A-Class model, and we think that the upgraded hatchback looks amazing beside the rest of its siblings, plus the fact that it now highlights the new MBUX infotainment technology that just makes it extra modern - in fact, way more than the rest of the models. With all that good news, there is one thing that might disappoint you, and it is the fact that there will not be a hatchback version of the A-Class in the United States - sorry to burst your bubble.
This is because Mercedes plans to only sell the five door A-Class in markets outside of the United States, while the American market only gets the four-door model. In fact, Canadians will even be able to get their hands on the hatchback configuration. This was confirmed by Mercedes Benz Canada CEO, Brian D. Fulton, during his interview with The Truth About Cars.
Fulton supported his statement by saying that their US colleagues already confirmed the idea that only the sedan version of the A-Class will be sold in North America. Meanwhile, Canada will get both versions: the sedan and the hatchback. More details on the sedan will be released later this year.Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan will come to the US, but don’t expect the hatchback variant
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, aka the fourth generation A-Class, has arrived. And some of the few things it boasts would be the technology upgrade, three new engines, and a slight increase in size. Overall, the hatchback gets a handful of cool features that makes it stand out from other models, while receiving physical improvements that turn it into a more stylish hatchback.
Firstly, its wheelbase has grown by 1.2 inches (30 millimeters), while its track is half an inch (14mm) wider. Because size has been increased, there will be more space for passenger, and I mean more shoulder and head room. Plus an increase in cargo capacity where they can put larger suitcases in. Passengers will also benefit from a more comfortable ride, thanks to the revised suspension. There are also optional active dampers that can be adjusted depending on the driving mode you choose.
Its new exterior, especially up front, has been made to look more angular. It also looks more aggressive because of the new downward sloping nose and a pair of tilted headlights. Customers can then upgrade to a set of Multibeam LED headlights, with 18 individually actuated LEDs.Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class reveals its new design
The 2018 Consumer Electric Show is full of exciting new technology for everyone, including the automotive industry. One of the most anticipated is the unveiling of the Linux-based MBUX that promised to bring a “revolution in the cockpit.”
Expect to see this infotainment system in upcoming compact models starting off with the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback. A camouflaged near-production prototype of the five-door model is currently in Las Vegas at the CES. This won’t be offered in the United States but then, the sedan version will make it to the country soon enough.
We will be giving you all the details you will need to know about the infotainment system, starting off with the seven-inch instrument cluster with a touchscreen of the same size that can be found on the A-Class. For the higher trim, the touchscreen gets an upgrade to a 10.25-inch version. Meanwhile, the top trim gets a dual 10.25 inch setup.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz’ new MBUX infotainment system will debut in next-gen A-Class
Before the W177 goes on sale in 2018, Mercedes-Benz had to go back to the drawing board to check on the A Class’ interior. This is because the new model will have a completely different cabin compared to the current model. One of the most noticeable changes would be the dual display layout that has been received from the range topping model of the range. Instead of being fully incorporated into the dashboard, the screens will be sticking out, so it will be quite different from the E-Class.
As you can see in the images, there is a pair of 12.3-inch wide displays in the top of the range 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The base model, on the other hand, will have a dual 7-inch setup, while the mid-range version will come with a 7-inch instrument cluster and a 12.3 inch infotainment system. There is a total of 64 ambient LED lighting colours that passengers can choose from, and that is a huge jump from the outgoing model that only had 12 hues.
You have already seen the steering wheel from before and that is because it had been sourced from the S-Class to enable Mercedes’ entry-level model for a more upscale feel. Other features that were carried over from the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet include the nifty turbine-style air vents.Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class shows off its premium high-tech interior
What can we expect from Mercedes-Benz for this year and the next? It seems all matters have been laid out with luxury carmaker’s vehicle lineup for 2017 and 2018. As revealed by parent Daimler AG in its second-quarter interim report, a roadmap for the Mercedes’ product offensive includes interesting new vehicles up for release in 2018.
The road map included in Daimler’s second-quarter 2017 interim report details Mercedes’ product offensive starting 2017 through next year. Some of these products were already presented or are set to be introduced in the period January to September 2017 -- such the E-Class Coupe and the E-Class (March 2017), GLA facelift and AMG GT Roadster (April 2017), S-Class Facelift (July 2017) and the E-Class Cabriolet (September 2017). The remaining product to be introduced in the remaining months of 2017 is the Mercedes X-Class pickup truck, which is bound for release in November or December 2017, according to this product offensive roadmap.
Mercedes’ product offensive in 2018 will be headlined by the S-Class Coupe Facelift and the S-Class Cabriolet Facelift, both of which were recently unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Bound to arrive in the first months of 2018, the S-Class Coupe facelift and the S-Class Cabriolet facelift features -- more or less -- the same tweaks made on the 2018 S-Class Saloon facelift that was introduced in July 2017. These include new steering wheels and new OLED rear lamps.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz’s 2018 product offensive includes CLS Coupe, A-Class Sedan and GLC long-wheelbase
It appears that the Dieselgate scandal masterminded and perpetrated by Volkswagen AG isn’t limited with company, but also has affected, albeit indirectly, its fellow carmakers from Germany. In fact, automotive customers in the United States might not be able to buy new diesel models from German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz (2017 model year).
Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler AG disclosed that it had dropped plans to have Mercedes’ diesel cars and engines certified in the US. Sans any certification, Mercedes-Benz cannot sell its diesel-powered 2017 premium vehicles in the country. Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran told Automotive News that the company is putting on hold the certification process for its diesel passenger cars in the US, as part of a review of the carmaker’s portfolio offerings.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t decided if it would totally exit from the American passenger diesel market, even though it would not be selling 2017 models in the region. However, given the current situation, an exodus from the American passenger diesel market in the future by Mercedes-Benz won’t be a surprise.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz drops plans to sell 2017 diesel models in the United States
The 2017 Shanghai Auto Show was dominated mainly by crossovers but that doesn't stop Mercedes-Benz from stepping out with a cool new update for the S-Class. During the event, the German automaker has also showed off the much anticipated Concept A Sedan, its first ever small four-door A-Class model with a coupe-like rear end.
If there’s more, Gorden Wagener, Mercedes’ head of design hinted about its latest design language during last week’s exhibit. In a statement, Wagener said that the design era of creases has finally reached its end. With that being the case, we’ll be seeing lesser lines and more rounded surfaces on their upcoming models. Sounds very promising isn't it?
Mercedes-Benz as we know, is looking to expand its current compact car lineup following the successful launch of the GLA, the CLA Shooting Brake, the CLA, the B-Class and the A-Class models. If ever, the new Concept A will be Mercedes Benz’s answer to Audi’s A3 Sedan and the BMW 1 Series. Taking its cues from the latest AMG GTs, the Concept A is also seen to represent Mercedes’ upcoming smaller car range. Still, how about a convertible version of the A-Class? This was rendered by Aksyonov Nikita and honestly, it looks amazing.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class rendered as a cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show a new design study of the next compact premium sedan – the new Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan.
This new concept shows us a glimpse of Mercedes’ next generation of compact cars. In addition, the new Concept A Sedan presents a possible new body type for the carmaker’s compact vehicles.
This new design study is intended to continue the success story of the brand’s current compact vehicle generation. Since its introduction in 2012, the current generation of Mercedes’ compact vehicles has resulted to over 2 million sales, and has been hitting new sales records ever since.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show
The previous year has introduced a lot of new overhauls in the compact car segment not just for Mercedes but also for other major players in the car industry. In addition to the new overhauls, Mercedes-Benz’s “Aesthetics A” unveiled its new design sculpture for the upcoming A-Class sedan models. The teasers show how the new design philosophy incorporates fewer lines and creases as if everything else have gone back to the basic element of style.
Judging from the side profile, the concept saloon has a smoother and more distinct singular shape unlike anything we’ve seen before. Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Mercedes Benz, says that with its sensual surface design, the upcoming generation of the compact class has the potential to herald a “new design era.” This is probably what he meant with the new “Sensual Purity” design language that has almost completely gotten rid of the “sharp creases” and instead replaced it with more “sensual lines” for a flawless finish. We’ve also noticed it to be taking some of the newly updated AMG GT design cues particularly on the vertical slats along the front grille.
Rumors imply that there will also be an all-new four door model in the lineup destined for its North American consumers. In relation to this, the company is also considering a long wheelbase, 7-seater crossover bound for its Chinese market--- but maybe we’ll find out for sure about that at the 2017 Auto Shanghai this coming April.Read the entire article Aesthetics A Design Sculpture reveals Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan concept
Mercedes-Benz may probably unveil a new entry-level sedan (or saloon) that would complement its current range of compact car offerings, according to a report by Autocar. The most likely launch date of this new Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan could be sometime in late 2018, the same year that the German carmaker launches its new and fourth generation A Class hatchback. These are all probable as Mercedes has yet to divulge or confirm any details over these plans.
Some may question these probable plans by Mercedes-Benz, since German premium carmaker already has the Mercedes CLA Class four-door coupe, which is technically based on the A Class. However, it seems that the planned A Class sedan would be slotted between the CLA (above) and the C Class sedan (below). This indicates that the probable A Class sedan would be bigger and more spacious than the CLA – and more expensive too. This means that this A Class sedan would have dimensions exceeding the 4,630 mm length, 1,780 mm width and 1,430 mm height of the CLA. This also indicates that the planned A Class sedan would be smaller and less roomy – albeit slightly – than the C Class sedan.
According to Autocar’s report – citing “good authority” – that Mercedes’ new entry-level sedan would be made to compete directly against the offerings of rivals Audi (A3 Sedan) and BMW (1 Series Sedan for China only). This could give us a better grasp of the possible dimensions of the planned Mercedes A Class sedan. The Audi A3 Sedan measures 4,450 mm, 1,795 mm and 1,415mm while the BMW 1 Series saloon has dimensions of 4,456 mm, 1,803mm and 1,446mm (length, width and height).Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz may soon offer a new A-Class Sedan slotted between CLA and C-Class
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