November 2, 2012 – With the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is opening up a new chapter in the compact segment: emotive design, high quality interior, powerful engines, extremely efficient emissions and a best-in-class drag coefficient. At the same time this new Mercedes-Benz model underlines a new safety standard in the compact segment.
With the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is setting new standards in the area of safety. The new A-Class provides the highest standard of safety ever seen in this vehicle class. The democratisation of safety encompasses an array of assistance systems which have been adopted into the A-Class from the larger model series, or sometimes developed further in the A-Class. These include:
．ATTENTION ASSIST (standard)
．Active Parking Assist with parking guidance (standard)
．Brake hold function (standard)
．Hill-Start Assist (standard)
．Reversing camera (optional)
The availability of the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system for the A-Class marks another first in this vehicle category. Belt tensioners, belt-force limiters and belt height adjusters come as standard on the outer seats. Rear sidebags are optionally available. The driver and front passenger are provided with new thorax-pelvisbags which are able to cover the pelvis and the entire upper part of the body. A windowbag is fitted as standard for head protection.
The A 250 Sport is available in a particularly dynamic version. A 250 Sport features exclusive 18-inch AMG light alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design with red-painted brake callipers. Other characteristic features of the A 250 Sport are the new diamond grille, headlamps with red highlight rings, hints of red on the AMG front and rear aprons, the red seat belts, sports seats with red contrasting topstitching and the red highlight rings on the air outlets which serve to emphasise the expressive positioning of the new model.
The A 250 Sport has a sporty, "engineered by AMG" high-performance suspension and AMG-developed front axle. Altogether this results in low dynamic rolling behaviour and low start-off pitch angle. Furthermore, the vehicle also has a reduced tendency to understeer in the higher lateral acceleration range: the driver is therefore able to control changes in direction with low steering input but high steering precision. When accelerating out of bends taken at speed, the tendency to understeer is reduced even further by "Extended Traction Control": with this function, ESP® provides support in the form of directional stability by generating a yaw moment on the front and rear wheels located on the inside of the bend.
The engine of A 250 Sport, producing 211 hp and 350 Nm is considerably more efficient with a consumption of 6.4 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 148 g/km.With its special engine and transmission configuration, the A 250 Sport provides very dynamic driving experience which is enhanced further by the emotionally appealing sound of the modified exhaust system.
The A-Class has been a bestseller worldwide for a number of generations since the market launch in 1997. It has blazed a trail for a new vehicle class with its unique design, becoming a driving force in the compact car segment. The second generation alone, which was launched in 2005, sold more than a million examples worldwide.
The new A-Class is now available in Hong Kong.
The new A-Class will be available exclusively in the Mercedes-Benz Excellence Center at Hopewell Centre, Wanchai, from 3rd to 9th November, 2012. From 10th November, 2012, it will also be available at Causeway Bay and Hunghom Mercedes-Benz showroom.