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Mercedes-Benz A 190 W168

Great Automotive Failures: the w168 A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class created a big buzz in the months before its launch in this was understandable; After it was the first front-wheel drive and it was that firm’s first into the relatively new compact market, not to mention one of the first offerings in that market. It such a stir that models of it were already around the time of its launch; I red getting a 1:18 Maisto for Christmas that year.

It exactly pretty but compared to the cars born that year (Plymouth Prowler, VehiCROSS) it didn’t look too Plus, the boxy design the A-Class had an exceptionally roomy To add to that space, all seats for the driver’s were removable, for a very versatile car. developed a plethora of safety including the use of numerous airbags and a that pushed the drivetrain the passenger compartment in the event of a crash.

The excitement this car generated when it was released to the press and magazine Teknikens Värld the car through their moose a test which consists of a sudden maneuver at high to avoid an object (presumably a in Sweden) in the road. The A-Class failing the test miserably. The wasn’t confined to Sweden for long and other European put the car through similar tests. these journalists also the A-Class while trying to an imaginary moose, the car became the of our generation; Rarely in history has a car from such a notoriously bad after its launch.  Even the ones among us remember a brand new Mercedes-Benz A-Class around traffic cones on one on the cover of most auto

Stuttgart’s first reaction was to the problem existed, a strategy had proven remarkably effective in the 1990s regarding the 350SD’s character. When the problems widely reported in international Mercedes realized it were with an issue that it not afford to ignore.

Mercedes-Benz A 190 W168

The firm recalled all the cars had been sold already according to most sources) and production until the problem was While early speculations on the car being fitted with the kind of tires, the problem was by retrofitting ESP in recalled cars and it as standard equipment across the range. The rear suspension on all was stiffened as well, making for a but safer ride.

These modifications solved the and the same readers who saw the A-Class around traffic cones on one now saw the recalled A-Class going those same cones on all wheels. These were all around Europe and most magazine found them


Today, the early problems the encountered have mostly forgotten.  The car managed to a successful career and, with the Renault Scenic, launch the craze revolving small minivans: The controversial Multipla was launched in 1998, the Xsara Picasso in 1999, the Focus C-Max in 2003 and so on. is a market segment where the star doesn’t matter as as interior space and bells and and the A-Class shines in both of respects. So successful was the recalled that it managed to spawn a in 2004, the w169 A-Class, as a three or four door and of avoiding a moose while on four wheels from the get go.

Photos of the early rolled are hard to find.   Even as a kid I was enough by the Auto Plus where the A-Class is first and rolled that I kept it but it is a away and therefore useless. All I was to find is this:

Mercedes-Benz A 190 W168
Mercedes-Benz A 190 W168

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