Mercedes SLA on schedule | Autocar

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Mercedes SLA on schedule

Plans for a front-wheel-drive roadster are back on the board at Mercedes. The move a recent new model review called for greater emphasis on and fuel-efficient cars — to younger buyers and help the EU’s newly mandated CO2

Mercedes boss Dieter is weighing up a plan for a two-seat a proposal that revives the behind the striking Mercedes SLA concept, revealed at the Detroit show in 2000.

The proposal is based on modified from the third-generation 2011 A-class — itself set to today’s complex sandwich structure in favour of a more floorpan.


No official decision on the Mercedes roadster has been However, the realities of the worldwide crisis are making their felt at Mercedes and officials the time is right for a small

The Mercedes SLA would join the firm’s growing stable of cars and slot in below the SLK.

One decision facing board members is whether to the new car as a Mercedes or incorporate it into an Smart line-up. It could be as a replacement for the Smart Roadster a possible four-seat successor to the ForFour, a car that is also set to use A-class underpinnings.

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A senior Mercedes official Autocar: “It is part of the regular new review at Mercedes-Benz to look at from the past. When the SLA was proposed, 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 the of variants it can support.”

Mercedes is already investing in the new A-class. As well as spending million (£521m) to revamp production facilities in Rastatt, it has also announced that it build a new €800 million production plant in Kecskemet, Between them, the two plants are to have an overall annual of up to 500,000 cars.

Autocar revealed plans for new coupe and versions of the A-class earlier year. Joining them 2012 will be a follow-up to the and a junior off-roader. By adding a to the mix, Mercedes would a full line-up of affordable models.

Mercedes’ decision to revisit the SLA hot on the heels of an announcement that VW is to reveal a new mid-engined roadster at next month’s Detroit show. It follows news BMW is pushing ahead with a Z2 roadster to slot beneath the Z4 in its

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA

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