Mercedes Benz delivers the 2.5 millionth compact car

Leo March 25, 2010

It looks like Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class and B-Class compact car segments are making a killing in the market. According to the carmaker, they have just delivered compact car number 2,500,000 this month, marking a production milestone in the manufacturer’s car-making history.

With the increase in sales, Mercedes Benz is looking into including two more models in its compact car division by the end of 2011. Already, the premium vehicle maker is pouring in about 800 million US dollars in their manufacturing plant in Rasttat, Germany to keep up with the projected increase in demand. Another manufacturing site in Hungary, this time in Keckskemet, is also being planned with a little over a billion US dollars of infusion to respond to this uptick in the demand of Daimler’s compact cars.

These investments in their production capacities, says sales and marketing head Dr. Joachim Schmidt, is in keeping with the growing importance of Mercedes Benz’s vehicles in the compact car markets. The A-Class and B-Class of Mercedes’ cars are receiving the biggest demand from Europe, particularly in Germany, Italy and France, in that order. China is also showing a growing interest in the B-Class as well, with the sale of about 6,400 units in its introduction in the country at the start of 2009. The gasoline-powered A160 and A180 received the most interest in the A-Class while the B180 and the B180 CDI, which uses diesel, has pride of importance in the B-Class. It appears the most popular among the colors preferred by customers are silver and black.

Mercedes-Benz says they aim to take advantage of these new opportunities that are opening up and establish a leadership position with its introduction of new compact models.

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Comments (3)

  1. I have a Mercedes Benz A Class diesel automatic which provides a thrill each time I, a 75 year old pensioner, sit behind the 3 pointed star. It is a thoroughbred and provides confidence and satisfaction by virtue of economy and handling but for one glaring criticism I have of the very firm suspension and low profile tyres which both detract from that pleasure as I do most of my driving these days on rural roads near to home which were once cart tracks – then with tar poured over and chippings added with little or no levelling…. The winter weather caused much damage which has still not been repaired in many places.

    With one previous lady owner it had done a fairly high mileage during the first 2 years of its life but was in pristine condition and the price was right. I have done only 900 miles in the last 12 months and it is now coming up for its first MOT. and am wondering whether it would be advisable to fit larger tyres on the steel rims which have been scrubbed out by the power steering and will be due for replacement soon.

    Is there anything else I might do to soften the suspension? Time was when we could change the dampers or coil springs – usually done to improve road holding but it might be possible to go in reverse! (I no longer drive so fast as when I owned a Citroen Dyane – the opposite extreme – but I never felt nervous in the corners!) Latterly I have owned a VW camper van with large tyres and a lot of ground clearance – another extreme since now I have to make allowance for wide loads on narrow country roads. I dare not mount the grass verge since I have the lowest ground clearance of almost any vehicle and there are often deep gullies cutting through these Suffolk verges!

    I would be grateful to receive any thoughts or instructions on this matter.

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