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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 regular new-model at Mercedes-Benz to look at ideas the past, a senior Mercedes-Benz told AutoWeek . When the SLA was proposed at the end of the last decade, we have a suitable platform; the platform is too high and too heavy. problem will be alleviated the arrival of the next A-class, new platform provides much scope in terms of the sort of it can support.

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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 investing heavily in the new It is spending 600 million euros, or million at current exchange to revamp the existing production in Rastatt, Germany, and also has that it will build a $1 production plant in Kecskemйt, The two plants are expected to produce up to cars.

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