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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class shows off its premium high-tech interior

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.

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Mercedes-Benz’s 2018 product offensive includes CLS Coupe, A-Class Sedan and GLC long-wheelbase

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.

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Daimler chairman takes selfie with camouflaged Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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.

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Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class rendered as a cabriolet

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.

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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

According to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz is not planning any model smaller than the current A-Class compact. Still, Dieter Zetsche said that Smart brand could expand into the subcompact segment.

The reason that Mercedes-Benz is not planning a subcompact is that the segment is already highly competitive and dominated by its German rivals, such as the Audi A1 built by the Volkswagen Group and BMW Group’s MINI brand.

"We had a long debate about whether we should expand Mercedes into the B [subcompact] segment and we decided this is not going to happen," said Dieter Zetsche. Daimler will introduce this summer the third-generation Smart ForTwo minicar as well as the second-generation four-seat ForFour.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz not planning a subcompact model smaller than the A-Class, CEO says

The A-class and B-class Mercedes-Benz range is now broader with the addition of new 'ECO SE' and all-wheel-drive variants that offer impressive fuel economy. The new ECO SE economy models will replace the A180 CDI SE and B180 CDI SE manual variants. Mercedes claims that the A180 CDI ECO SE has an average of 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 92g/km.

Meanwhile, the outgoing model returns 74.3mpg and emits 98g/km of CO2. The same improvements were applied to the Mercedes B180 CDI ECO SE, with 74.3mpg and 98g/km of CO2. Meanwhile, the outgoing model returns 68.9mpg and emits 108g/km of CO2. As a result, both are now free to tax, as opposed to only the A-class.

They also benefit from low company car tax bands. Set to become available in January 2014, the ECO SE models received aerodynamic enhancements, some weight-saving measures and powertrain modifications so that it will become more efficient without sacrificing performance. Mercedes said that the power, torque, top speed and acceleration figures of both models are unchanged.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz A-Class and B-Class receive all-wheel drive variants

Ciceley Racing will field a Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch in March next year. This will mark Mercedes-Benz’s racing debut in what is regarded as the United Kingdom’s premier saloon car championship. The decision aligns Ciceley Racing’s on-track activity with main title sponsor Ciceley Commercials Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van dealership.

The team has determined that the A-Class is the most suitable premium car for the current NGTC regulations. The front-running team will still be led by former Ginetta GT Supercup Champion Adam Morgan, who currently ranks seventh in this season’s standings. It will not be the first time that Ciceley Racing is fielding a Mercedes-Benz vehicle in a motorsport contest.

The team grabbed class wins on the Manx Rally twice in 1986 and 1987 with the Ciceley Commercials Mercedes-Benz 190 driven by Russell Morgan, now Ciceley Racing Team Principal.

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Daimler is recalling over 6,000 new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchbacks due to problems with the passenger airbag. According to carmaker, the recall involves 6,000 units in Germany and an unknown number of A-Class hatchbacks elsewhere. Daimler spokesman noted that the market launch of the model in Germany was in September 2012 and in other European markets at later dates, which means that total number of affected vehicles “won't be that much higher."

The spokesman disclosed that there is a possibility that the model’s airbag would not deploy properly in case of an accident, confirming a report in German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. According to the spokesman, they traced the problem to a supplier, noting that so far, no customers have been hurt from the issue.

The recall of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchbacks is considered a blow for Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche since the 2012 launch of this compact car family was a major part of his strategy to recover lost ground from rivals BMW and Audi.

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A senior manager of Mercedes-Benz said that the sub A-class model will have a compact SUV form. This official, who asked to speak anonymously, told Autocar that it has started development on a model that is sized like a Volkswagen Polo and borrows styling elements from the 34-year-old G-class. He also said that they’re considering plans to make a B-segment car with a modern version of the traditional G-class styling.

The company wants to extend the G-class line-up with the Ener-G-Force concept seen at the Los Angeles motor show. This car is included in those plans. Slated to arrive at showrooms in 2016, this compact Mercedes-Benz SUV was developed to go up against a new small Land Rover SUV that was previewed by the DC100 Concept car and a production model of the Volkswagen Taigun Concept.

This vehicle is referred to by insiders as the City-G. It is intended to be built on a joint venture platform developed in an engineering program between Daimler and alliance partner, Renault-Nissan. This structure, which is named as JC1 (joint compact first generation), is meant to support a minimum of two different wheelbase lengths, various track widths and the two front- and four-wheel drive layouts.

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Volkswagen Golf won as the 2013 European Car of the Year, easily beating the Mercedes-Benz A class (which only earned fifth place). Apparently, European automotive journalists really like the Golf. The runner-up to the Golf was the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ with 202 votes compared to the 414 for the Golf. Coming in at third place is the Volvo V40, with 189 votes.

Ranked fourth is the Ford B-Max (with 148 votes) and this was followed by the A class (with 138 votes). At No. 6, there’s the Renault Clio with 128 votes (which is only eight votes higher than its main rival, the Peugeot 208). The Hyundai i30 is the last finisher among the eight finalists with 111 votes.

However, it’s not likely that Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche will have to be concerned that sales of the new A class will suffer.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz A-Class suffers big defeat in the 2013 European Car of the Year contest

Mercedes-Benz will add two fuel-efficient and eco-friendly BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models to the range. Only a few months ago, the automaker launched the A-Class. The A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition gets the title as the most fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz of all time. Under the MVEG cycle, it has a fuel consumption figure of 3.6 l/100 km.

In addition, its CO2 emissions level is only at 92 g/km. Meanwhile, the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition petrol model, with a fuel consumption level of 5.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 120 g per km, is one of the models in its class with the highest efficiency.

Mercedes-Benz will start selling the models on Feb. 1. Deliveries will begin in March 2013. The BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models have an even lower efficiency than the basic vehicles by 0.2 (diesel) and 0.3 l/100 km (petrol) respectively, standing for a 5% improvement in each case.

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German tuning company Brabus unveiled a series of new parts for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Brabus didn’t make the car very different from the A250 Sport on which it is based. Instead of building a total high-performance model, Brabus focused on upgrading the style of the 2013 A-Class.

This is the logical thing for Brabus to do since Mercedes’ AMG is offering a boosted A45 AMG with a minimum of 295 lb-ft of torque. Brabus gave the exterior a new front lip that was tested through a wind tunnel to lessen lift at speed.

At the moment, Brabus is still developing a rear spoiler that decreases lift. Car owners can choose from any of the new 17-, 18-, or 19-inch alloy wheels available with Continental, Pirelli, or Yokohama tires.

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Mercedes-Benz has endowed its new A class five-door hatchback with a sportier and more conventional design that may correspond to a desertion of the outgoing model's peculiar one-box styling. Dimension-wise, the new A class is 160mm lower than previous model launched in 1997. Mercedes expects the change in styling to attract more customers in the premium compact segment that is controlled by the Audi A3 and BMW 1 series.

The A class is based on the Mercedes Front Wheel Architecture (MFA) that will eventually underpin five more variants, including the B-class that is currently on the market. Mercedes-Benz is planning to build a coupe-styled small four-door crossover patterned after the CLS, and unconfirmed cabrio.

According to Jorg Prigl, Daimler's vice president of compact cars, components shared between Mercedes vehicles will allow the carmaker to make a profit. He remarked that the A class and the B class share some 80 percent of their components, most of which cannot be seen by customers. The A class features a conventional exterior and a fit-and-finish interior.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz bets on 2013 A-Class to achieve its sales goal

Mercedes-Benz is offering a variety of competitive monthly payment-led finance offers on certain petrol and diesel models, one of which is the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class that’s available for just £249 each month. The offer is included in a Mercedes-Benz Agility Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) package, and a Contract Hire plan for business users.

The most affordable model under this offer is the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY SE petrol manual, which is offered with a £249 monthly payment across a 36-month fixed-term Agility finance offer. This is based on a deposit of £3,279.50 and 4.9% APR. With regards to Contract Hire customers, the A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE diesel manual is offered at £249 a month for 35 months, with advance payments amounting to about six months’ worth.

The diesel version has CO2 emissions of only 98g/km. It can deliver 109hp and has a fuel economy rating of 74.3mpg on the official combined cycle, as well as giving fleet customers an offer of a 13% BIK. Meanwhile, the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Sport manual represents only a £10 monthly increase due to the SE line. It comes with agility payments. For those interested, you could go for a £3,614.07 customer deposit and 4.9% APR.

Read the entire article 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class available from £249 per month

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.

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Mercedes-Benz rolled today the first of new-generation A-Class compact model off the production line of its Rastatt plant in Germany. The A-Class is Mercedes’ second new compact model, following the production start of the new B-Class at the same Rastatt plant in September 2011 and at its Kecskemét plant in Hungary at the end of March 2012.

To accommodate the production of the new compact models, Mercedes’ parent Daimler is pouring out around EUR1.2 billion to expand the Rastatt plant. Daimler has already completed the first phase of the expansion, spending EUR600 million to construct a new bodyshell building and to install new tools.

Daimler will be implementing the second phase of the expansion later this year, and has budgeted EUR600 million to be used for modifying the assembly line and as well as for installing corresponding equipment in the bodyshell production. Since mid-June 2012, Mercedes-Benz has already received more than orders for the new A-Class.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz starts rolling out A-Class model from Rastatt plant

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.

Read the entire article Mercedes’ petrol engines on A- and B-Class already comply with EURO 6 standards
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