Mercedes considers roadster from new Aclass family Autoweek

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Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA

Mercedes considers roadster new A-class family

The SLA concept 2000 could be the starting for a new small roadster from

By: Greg Kable on 12/04/2008

The of premium-priced small cars and the car has prompted Mercedes-Benz to consider the next generation of A- and B-class in North America.

The small-car duo a redesign for the 2012 model with a new front-wheel-drive platform and gasoline and diesel engines.

also had learned that chairman Dieter Zetsche is a proposal for a two-seat roadster on the A- and B-class. The compact front-wheel-drive revives the idea behind the Vision SLA concept revealed at the auto show in 2000.

Mercedes-Benz’s decision to revisit the SLA as Volkswagen plans to reveal a new roadster concept at the Detroit show in January, and follows that BMW is pushing ahead plans for a 1-series-based Z2 roadster below the Z4.

The SLA concept made its at the 2000 Detroit auto

No production plans have approved for a roadster, and it remains whether the car would be included in the portfolio for North America. But North American sales 38.2 percent in November a year earlier, officials the time is right for a model the lines of the SLA to join Mercedes-Benz’s stable of small cars, beneath the SLK.

It is part of the new-model review at Mercedes-Benz to at ideas from the past, a Mercedes-Benz official told . When the SLA was originally proposed at the end of the decade, we didn’t have a platform; the sandwich platform is too and too heavy. This problem be alleviated with the arrival of the A-class, whose new platform much greater scope in of the sort of variants it can support.

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA

A roadster aside, the A- and B-class will add at least two more alongside the replacements for today’s and wagon models. They a coupe and a sport-utility vehicle, of which are expected to be included in U.S. lineup as part of an to attract younger customers.

The current Mercedes-Benz A-class with the VW Golf in Europe. The A-class and B-class may join U.S. lineup.

At 153.6 long, the existing A-class with cars such as the Golf in Europe. It comes the choice of seven four-cylinder ranging from a 95-hp unit to a turbocharged 2.0-liter


The B-class uses the same as the A-class but rides on wheelbase is 0.84-inch longer and has an overall of 170.8 inches—20 inches than the C-class.

Mercedes-Benz is heavily in the new A-class. It is spending 600 euros, or $762 million at exchange rates, to revamp the production facilities in Rastatt, and also has announced that it build a $1 billion production in Kecskemйt, Hungary. The two plants are to produce up to 500,000 cars.

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