The Mercedes Vision SLA was a concept car that was showcased at the 2000 Detroit International Auto Show. The two-seater convertible was based on the platform of the A-Class segment during that period. Overall, it was only 148.4 inches long. Then, the armor of the car was based on the combination of aluminum and plastic to minimize its weight. The Mercedes SLA was heavily hyped back then, however, it never reached the production stage because the execs of the brand decided that it was too complex to make at that time. Despite that, some of the features of the car were adopted into latter models like the 2004 Mercedes SLK… Continue Reading »
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Although even GM has come to the defense of Dupont in declaring the refrigerant R1234yf safe for use in passenger vehicles, Mercedes continues to stand by its contention that R1234yf can be flammable in certain real-world conditions. Late last year, Mercedes-Benz published the results of its tests, where a head-on collision ruptured the AC lines of the test vehicle, spewing the contents on the hot engine. This combination caused a fire which obviously left the German manufacturer uncomfortable and concerned. With these results in mind, Mercedes applied and was granted dispensation by German federal authorities to continue using the tried and tested R134a refrigerant for a few more production vehicles…. Continue Reading »
Daimler is said to be eyeing joint car production with Nissan in Mexico, according to reports. It seems the German company is looking into various options to get production of certain Mercedes-Benz cars, such as the A-Class, through Nissan facilities in the country. According to a Daimler official who wishes to remain anonymous, the joint production in Mexico has a good chance of pushing through. Aside from that, Mercedes-Benz Mexico president Pedro Tabera was quoted in a Mexican paper, El Financiero, saying that there is truth to this matter. “Various alternatives are being considered, among them producing with Nissan Mexicana,” said Tabera. Mercedes-Benz Mexico also manufactures the C-Class, E-Class, and M-Class… Continue Reading »
In a follow up report, the A-Class hatchback is finally lunched in India. According to the India-based The Economic Times, the debut of the new class in the country took place in a Mumbai showroom. The price of the new car is at Rs 21.93 lakh (approximately $39,000) up to Rs 22.73 lakh (estimated as $40,000). The most fuel efficient in the variant is the one equipped with 2.2-liter diesel engine, which is priced Rs 21.93 lakh. Mercedes-Benz India claims that the car can go as far as 20.6 kilometers per liter. Then, the 1.6 petrol version, the A 180 Sport, costs Rs 22.73 lakh, with a 15 kilometers per… Continue Reading »
With the sales of Mercedes-Benz India looking great, the brand is releasing two variants in the territory on May 30. The new car will be under the A-Class and B-Class category. Based on a report by the Indian auto news site called Car Dekho, buyers of the new A-Class premium hatchback will have two engine options to choose from. One will have a 1.6-liter petrol and the other will be equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo diesel engine. Then, it will have a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the new B-Class will only be available in a 1.8-liter turbo diesel engine.
Daimler is recalling the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class models, says a new report from Bloomberg Businessweek. According to the report, the recall is due to the faulty airbags of the new cars. Wolfgang Zanker, a spokesperson for the company, explained through the news source that the passenger airbags of the new models of the A-Class have the tendency not to inflate properly in the time of an accident. He added that the problem is estimated to have affected around 6,000 cars in Germany where most of the vehicles were sold. The recall made by Daimler is actually the second this year. It should be remembered that company made a similar move… Continue Reading »
The Indian market will see the entry of three new Mercedes-Benz models within the next few months. The upcoming models are part of the aggressive push of the luxury car manufacturer in India as it aims to attain a double-digit growth for the present financial year in the country. In addition, the company also aims to add more dealers in India. Mercedes-Benz India CEO and Managing Director Eberhard H. Kern said that the company is presently focused in a smaller market for a number of its vehicles including the C-Class, E-Class, S-Class models, and the petrol model of the B-Class. Despite this, the company is still leading these market segments…. Continue Reading »