Mercedes Benz W168 / Mercedes Benz Economypoint org

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Mercedes-Benz A 140 W168

Mercedes Benz W168

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The Mercedes Benz was the first vehicle of the compact of Mercedes Benz. He was presented as A- class .



Benz built traditionally sedans of the upper class, the middle class, and (with the starting from 1982) the class. The motivation for the entrance the compact class were on the one changed traffic conditions to earlier decades (increasing of traffic in the city centers, of parking space, long of and with it accompanying needs of the and on the other hand the fact that the buyers of Mercedes became on the average ever passenger cars. A cause for was a very conservative mark With the A-class young should be advanced and bound to the Mercedes Benz. With the of the Interieurs and the offered vehicle finishes in first model the goal was therefore pursued of young personness and freshness. The was actual then with however in particular likes. estimated the high seating and the good all-round visibility. Benz adapted to this buyer situation: With the model care in the year the plastics in the Fahrzeuginterieur, whose and Haptik were before felt as cheap, were by materials with high-quality Appropriate modifications were also during the

operation, with the Fahrzeugexterieur, the available vehicle lacquer as well as at the price list, in to let the product work altogether gediegener.

First development beginning for designs was the NAFA (1986). technical developments for the W168 then the vision A 93 (1993) and A (1994).

Model development

18. 1997: Introduction on the market of the with the motorizing A 140 and A 160

21. October Execution of the moose test by a automobile magazine

11 November Production stop

26. February Resumption of production

August 1998: Model model year 1999, of the motorizing A 160 CDI and A 170 CDI

May 1999: Model model year 2000, of motorizing A 190

September 2000: care model year modification of the grasp at the rear

March 2001: Model model year 2002, model care, again in the A-class, V168, 170mm more length benefits the rear passengers.


The W169 with revised and many technical innovations was in September 2004.

Problems the introduction on the market

Particularly the W168 admits to a not standardized switching driving maneuver by the moose test, with 65 km/h, which were up to this time only vehicle tests in Sweden. such a test of the W168 by a autojournalist, the vehicle tilted days after the official conception on the side. First down the responsible person the Benz AG the incident down and so far produce vehicle with tire equip and future with a electronic program ESP Shortly thereafter one decided for a production stop and re-tooled all vehicles with ESP and changed built so far.

Sedan (W168)

Mercedes-Benz A 140 W168

Long (V168)

Alternative drives

The indicated design number to the places 4 to 9 of the vehicle identification

The place 11 of the vehicle identification always reads J or (starting the millionsten built A-class) K for the work in Rastatt.

The engine are coded as follows: M = engine, COM = oil E = suction tube/channel injection, DE = L = load air cooling, A = supercharger, achievement reduced.

A 140 was equipped order of the fully automatic with (throttled) the engine A 160.

A 160 CDI was only starting 2001 with fully transmission available.

A 160 CDI was not available extended wheel base.

The was manufactured as small series 60 vehicles.


Innovations of the A-class were among things the sandwich structure, by a part of the aggregates in the vehicle could be accommodated, in addition, an variability, which were so far not usual in this vehicle

Mercedes-Benz A 140 W168

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