A-Class is an integral part of the Mercedes-Benz product range since 1997
Customers enthusiastic about unique safety concept and versatility
Market leadership in Germany and Italy maintained successfully
Stuttgart – Since the second generation of the A-Class was introduced to the market in September 2004, Mercedes-Benz has delivered 500,000 units of this compact and versatile model to customers. Ten years ago, Mercedes-Benz created the premium compact class by introducing the A-Class, said Dr. Klaus Maier, Executive Vice President Mercedes Car Group, responsible for Sales and Marketing. Since then, the A-Class has become an integral part of our product range and laid the cornerstone for Mercedes-Benz leading position in this segment.
The A-Class enjoys considerable customer appeal, particularly due to its unique safety concept, spacious interior and impressive versatility. The model is particularly successful in Germany and Italy, where Mercedes-Benz has been successful in maintaining its market leadership in this segment for years. Other key sales markets for the three and five-door versions of the A-Class are France and the UK. About a third of the A-Class customers opt for the fuel-efficient A 180 CDI diesel version (with fuel consumption of 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers) while another third purchases the A150 gasoline version (6.2 liters per 100 kilometers).
In March of this year, the renowned ko-Trend institute awarded its automotive environmental certificate to the A-Class. According to the institute, the A-Class not only has excellent values for fuel consumption, exhaust emissions, and noise levels, but also stands out by virtue of its environmentally friendly production processes, materials, and logistics. The experts particularly praised the A 160 CDI, stating that the Mercedes-Benz A 160 CDI can be deemed one of the most environmentally compatible vehicles with a conventional drive system. A holistic environmental concept that takes the vehicles entire lifecycle into account was already employed during the compacts development phase. For example, numerous measures have reduced emissions during the production and vehicle operation of the new A-Class by about 17 percent compared to the predecessor model. With the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz has set new ecological benchmarks for vehicles with conventional drive systems. The A 160 CDI consumes 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, which translates into 128 grams of CO2.