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Old 06-28-2004, 03:34 PM
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They might look similar on their outside but the A klasse has that solid vaultlike Mercedes feel to it and excellent driving dynamics. (cornering, handling,etc.)
It's a pretty nice little car, you can get the 200CDI in Germany that has close to 200 HP which would be quite a bit of fun, I've driven the C200CDI, the C Class variant and hit 240kph while on the Autobahn. The A class would probably a bit faster due to its weight.
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Originally Posted by ClutchPerformer
Isn't that what it's supposed to be?

I just don't like the idea of an exclusive luxury car company making cheap econo-boxes. It may handle nice and ride like a dream...but it looks like an Aveo...and that's just not trippin' my trigger.
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Don't worry. This econo-boxes will have a price of luxury entry
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Old 06-29-2004, 10:24 AM
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I scoped out da A-Class rollin' herre in D-town bout year ago. I think they be thinkin' bout shippin' it herre... sooner probably befo' lata, since all them others from da Big E be sellin' them cheaper models.

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Holds 4 Europeans, or 2 Americans
Nice one...
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Old 06-29-2004, 10:48 PM
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Drove one across France -- the older sheet metal.

What you can't appreciate from just a picture is how this car grips the road harder, the faster you go. The wedge shape is like having a 4-foot spoiler where it'll do some good.

(In comparison, I noticed the TSX gets a little light -- "floaty" -- at speeds above 100 mph.)
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Old 06-30-2004, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by AcuraFan
I just don't like the idea of an exclusive luxury car company making cheap econo-boxes. It may handle nice and ride like a dream...but it looks like an Aveo...and that's just not trippin' my trigger.
MB and BMW are mass market automakers in europe, only in N/A do they play the luxury game more...
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Originally Posted by jcg878
Holds 4 Europeans, or 2 Americans

:fingerfawk: more like 1 1/2
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Old 07-01-2004, 04:21 PM
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Old 07-01-2004, 04:25 PM
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that little red car is pimp!
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Old 07-10-2004, 04:28 AM
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that little red car is pimp!
indeed it is...
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Old 07-10-2004, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by gavriil
1. I dont think this looks like Mazda at all.
2. This is not a production car

It is a production car, the engine is only a test mule. www.smart.com

My sisters boss drives one, she says it is really tiny in person.
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Old 07-11-2004, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by CLUofI
It is a production car, the engine is only a test mule. www.smart.com

My sisters boss drives one, she says it is really tiny in person.
I know Smarts are production cars. That biturbo Smart is not a production car though. That's what I wrote.

I travel to Europe often and I see them for years now. First time I saw one I was surprised even more than from the pics. These are SMALL cars. You can parallel park one sideways. Yes with the front/rear of the car being where otherwise the left/right sides would be. Imagine that.
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Mercedes has announced the new generation A-Class will make its debut at the Auto Mobil International auto show in Leipzig. Available this spring, the new generation attempts to be more attractive and environmentally friendly than the previous version. Stop/Start technology will be available on the A 150 and A 170 which reduces fuel consumption by nine percent. The three-door A 160 CDI will have a fuel consumption rating of 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers. All these advances have earned the A-Class an environmental certificate, a first for the compact car class.

The exterior features new headlights that flow into the body, redesigned front and rear bumpers, a new grille, and new tail lights. Avantgarde models will have a unique bumper with a more pronounced arrow shape. Avantgarde and Elegance models feature 16-inch alloy wheels while base models make due with seven-spoke 15-inch wheels.

Inside the interior has been revamped with better materials such as higher grade upholstery fabrics and door trim. Updated audio and navigation systems feature Bluetooth technology, a SD-card slot and European-wide map coverage. Other changes include a center console featuring a larger storage compartment and new cup holders. Smoke grey trim is standard, Avantgarde models come with brushed aluminum, and Elegance models feature wood trim.






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It's a luxury Fit. I like the interior, though. Clean layout, nice touch of luxury with the wood/metal accents.
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For the niche it's in, it's very nice.
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Much rather have a Fiat 500.

Acura Fit anyone?
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naww... i'll pass ....
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And some Infiniti entry level model is supposed to be based in this?
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:56 PM
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Infiniti wishes it could look this good. this is how swooping curves are done correctly where the end result doesn't remind you of a beluga whale.
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^ in the 3rd pic it looks like shit to me. But first 2 look good. I don't know how I feel about this car
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^ in the 3rd pic it looks like shit to me. But first 2 look good. I don't know how I feel about this car
it's the main problem with the 90% of Merz... they all look odd, not finished.. except maybe the CLS or the CL...
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it's the main problem with the 90% of Merz... they all look odd, not finished.. except maybe the CLS or the CL...
i like refreshed C... i like the new E..
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i like refreshed C... i like the new E..
the C coupe AMG looks great... the E..
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nice pictures. Could they be smaller please
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Please use the "search" feature.
If it's not a brand spanking new model, chances are there is already a thread for it.


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any word on price range ?
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Isn't there a rule for not making the lower class models look better then the higher end models?
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Isn't there a rule for not making the lower class models look better then the higher end models?
IDK if its just my love of hatchbacks or what, but this car looks good.
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the grillework is incredible
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The A 45 AMG sees Mercedes-AMG embarking on a new era. For the first time in the company's history extending back over more than 45 years, Mercedes-Benz's performance brand is offering a fascinating high-performance vehicle in the compact class. The A 45 AMG is representative of the "AMG Performance 50" strategy for the future, which is to run up to the 50th birthday of Mercedes-AMG GmbH in 2017. With a maximum output of 265 kW (360 hp) and up to 450 Newton metres of torque, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is the most powerful series production four-cylinder engine in the world. The sensational power density of 133 kW (181 hp) outstrips even the most powerful super sports cars. At the same time, the engine also boasts supreme efficiency and complies with the EU6 emissions standard. The A 45 AMG also leads its segment in terms of fuel consumption, running on 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres in NEDC combined mode. These credentials indicate that a further high-performing member of the BlueDIRECT family is now taking to the road. The performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive onboard the A 45 AMG sets new standards in the car's segment.

The substance of the new Mercedes-Benz vehicle architecture for front- and
all-wheel drive provides the perfect basis for the A 45 AMG and at least two other high-performance premium automobiles from Affalterbach.In designing and developing the A 45 AMG, the experts at AMG have drawn on the company's decades of experience in motorsport and the production of powerful, high-performance vehicles. As such, the A 45 AMG will inherit the corporate DNA and embody the AMG brand claim "Driving Performance" to perfection: a fascinatingly sporty driving experience combined with impressive craftsmanship and pronounced individuality.

"The A 45 AMG will enable Mercedes-AMG to appeal to new customers and tap new markets," observes Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. We are adding an extremely attractive model with exceptional performance data to our range of unique high-performance automobiles."
"With the new A 45 AMG we have well and truly achieved our aim of developing the most dynamic, powerful and efficient four-cylinder series production car," comments Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and Board Member of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.With its impressive high-tech package and the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the A 45 AMG is a thoroughbred AMG through and through."

New target group
Spanning the age range from 30 to mid-40, the target group is younger than the AMG clientele to date. In successful careers and with an independent frame of mind, these customers seek a dynamic and individual vehicle.They wish to lend expression to their style- and trend-oriented way of life with a car from a recognised high-performance brand. The A 45 AMG provides the predominantly urban target group with an agile high-performance vehicle. Mercedes-AMG accommodates their tech-savvy and individual outlook on life with an extremely broad selection of optional equipment and appointments, colours and materials.

Typically AMG: the most powerful series production four-cylinder engine in the world
Two figures show that the A 45 AMG holds pole position in its displacement segment:the newly developed AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine is the most powerful series production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world. A maximum output of 265 kW (360 hp) and up to 450 Newton metres of torque are unmatched by any other mass-produced turbocharged four-cylinder engine worldwide. The power density of 133 kW (181 hp) is also absolutely unrivalled. In this discipline, the new AMG high-performance turbo engine even outstrips the most powerful super sports cars.
The high power and torque output and the combination with the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard lead to extremely dynamic performance: the A 45 AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, while its top speed stands at 250 km/h (electronically limited). The specially developed AMG engine is also a model of efficiency – the A 45 AMG also leads its segment on this front, with fuel consumption of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres in NEDC combined mode. This is accompanied by particularly low exhaust emissions: the A 45 AMG already complies with the EU6 emissions standard which is not scheduled to enter into force until 2015, combined with the limit for the particle count per kilometre of 6 x 1011 which will be mandatory from 2017.

The basis for these impressive figures is provided by the high-tech package which has been put together by Mercedes-AMG. As a high-performance engine belonging to the BlueDIRECT family, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol injection via piezo injectors positioned centrally in the four combustion chambers. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition improves fuel utilisation and increases thermodynamic efficiency substantially, leading to lower exhaust emissions. Other highlights include the gravity-die sandcast all-aluminium crankcase, weight-optimised crank assembly with forged steel crankshaft and forged pistons with friction-optimised piston rings, NANOSLIDE cylinder wall technology, air-water charge air cooling, generator management and ECO start/stop function.

Twin-scroll turbocharger
Mercedes-AMG addresses the essential challenges concerning the response of small-displacement turbo engines by means of a twin-scroll turbocharger, maximum derestriction of the exhaust system and an innovative injection strategy. The twin-scroll technology provides for a more spontaneous build-up of charge pressure, making effective use of exhaust gas back pressure, exhaust gas temperature and exhaust gas impulse. This results in a swifter build-up of torque right from the lower rev range. As a positive side-effect, the twin-scroll technology also benefits fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. At a maximum charge pressure of 1.8 bar, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine also leads the field in this respect.

The AMG sports exhaust system features large pipe cross-sections and an automatically controlled exhaust flap. This technology, which is familiar from the SLK 55 AMG, reconciles the two apparently conflicting aims of tangible dynamism and hallmark Mercedes comfort on long journeys. The flap is continuously adjusted by map control according to the power called up by the driver, load status and engine speed. The two striking tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system emit a fascinating, full engine sound which is particularly impressive during powerful acceleration.

An AMG Performance exhaust system with exhaust flap and featuring a dedicated tailpipe trim design is optionally available for the A 45 AMG. This provides for an even more emotional and striking engine sound when the throttle is open and during gear shifting. The double-declutching function during downshifting and the interruption of ignition and injection during upshifting under full load produce a particularly throaty sound with the AMG Performance exhaust system and create a level of emotionality which is otherwise the reserve of engines with more than 4 cylinders.

High-performance cooling
The high driving dynamics of the A 45 AMG call for a highly effective cooling system. On the basis of the components belonging to the SLS AMG, a low-temperature circuit is additionally deployed for air-water charge air cooling of the four-cylinder turbo engine. The large cooler section at the front level of the cooling module is supplemented by an additional cooler in the wheel arch. Together with the charge air cooler which is connected in series, a high-performance electric pump ensures the required flow through the water coolers located behind the large intake ports. This provides for ideal cooling of the highly compressed charge air, thereby contributing towards optimum engine performance.

Cooling of the transmission oil is integrated in the water cooling circuit for the engine. The water cooler positioned behind the front apron is supported by the heat exchanger which is fitted directly on the transmission and supplied with cooling water as required by means of an auxiliary pump.

Engine production
Similarly to all eight- and twelve-cylinder engines, the new AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is also hand-built according to the traditional AMG philosophy of "one man, one engine". An exclusive assembly line has been set up for the new AMG engine at the Mercedes-Benz engine production plant in Kölleda – where all BlueDIRECT four-cylinder engines are built for the A- and B-Class models. A characteristic feature of the "one man, one engine" production process is the AMG engine plate bearing the signature of the responsible engine fitter. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative production quality, the AMG engine plate also attests to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz's high-performance brand.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed
Dual clutch transmission and all-wheel drive – the drive package onboard the new A 45 AMG is a demonstration of high-end engineering prowess.The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission is directly flange-mounted on the transversely installed AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. Key software modules have been adopted from the SLS AMG super sports car with its inspirational power transmission concept. The dual clutch transmission of the A45 features seven gears, three driving programmes, a double-declutching function and RACE START for optimum acceleration. The strengths of the AMG DCT sports transmission include spontaneous gear shifting without any interruption in tractive power, a tailor-made control strategy, extremely smooth and easy gear shifting and a high level of efficiency. Reinforced gear wheels provide for maximum stability. Synchroniser rings with carbon-fibre friction linings improve durability while also optimising the response time during manual gear-changing – the ideal basis for ambitious laps on cordoned-off race tracks.

"Momentary M mode"
Another special feature designed to enhance dynamic performance and driving enjoyment is so-called "Momentary M mode". In C and S mode, this enables the driver to activate manual mode ("M") without having to remove a hand from the steering wheel, by pressing the "up" or "down" shift paddle once. In Momentary M mode the driver experiences the dynamism and performance of gear-shifting in manual mode in all of the automatic driving programmes, with automatic up- and down-shifting into the bargain. This allows the driver to devote his full attention to the vehicle's impressive performance.

The shift times in manual mode "M" and in Sport mode "S" are similarly sporty in character to those of the SLS AMG GT super sports car.Briefly and precisely interrupting ignition and injection under full load leads to even faster gearshifts with a more emotional sound than ever. In "C" mode (Controlled Efficiency), tangibly soft transmission and engine characteristics support a fuel-efficient and comfort-oriented driving style. The ECO start/stop function is also active in "C" mode.

4MATIC all-wheel drive
The new A 45 AMG comes with variable, performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. In developing this all-wheel drive, the focus firmly was on performance and dynamism. The power flux to the rear powertrain is provided by a compact power take-off unit (PTU) which is fully integrated in the 7-speed sports transmission. It does not possess an oil circuit of its own. Instead, it is supplied with lubricant from the oil circuit of the sports transmission . This configuration gives rise to substantial weight advantages in comparison to rival systems which branch off power by means of an add-on component with its own oil circuit. Together with the friction-minimised tapered roller bearings, the PTU achieves an excellent level of efficiency. As an additional bonus, the system weight of the new AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive is up to 25 percent lighter than the all-wheel drive versions offered by the competition.

A two-part propeller shaft transfers the power from the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine to the rear axle. In the interests of favourable weight distribution, an electrohydraulically controlled multi-disc clutch is integrated with the rear axle differential. The multi-disc clutch immediately detects slip at the front axle. A hydraulic pump instantaneously presses the discs together and channels the engine torque to the rear wheels as necessary. All this takes place virtually without the driver noticing. To enable particularly fast response, the pump is always active and does not require to be started up each time it is needed, such as is customary with other systems. Power distribution is fully variable: in normal driving, the A 45 AMG uses front-wheel drive in the interests of optimum efficiency. When the driving dynamics so require, the variable AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive splits the torque between front and rear axle up to a ratio of 50 : 50 percent. The variables influencing the power distribution ratio are vehicle speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering angle, speed difference between the individual wheels, selected gear and accelerator position.

AMG sports suspension
Like every AMG high-performance automobile, the new A 45 AMG also incorporates sophisticated axle technology. For enhanced driving dynamics, the three-link front suspension is provided with stiffer steering knuckles and totally new elastokinematics. Newly developed, more rigid bearings are employed in the lower link plane. These provide for more agile cornering properties and more precise and direct feedback from the road surface. The more rigid bearings also lead to higher camber stiffness, enabling higher cornering speeds. In developing the complete front axle, great importance has been attached to attaining the best possible traction in highly dynamic driving.

The four-link rear axle of the A 45 AMG is also a totally new development. In the course of optimising the elastokinematics, the strut bearings were duly adapted for maximum driving dynamics and control. The rear axle carrier is provided with more rigid bearings for increased driving stability; the subframe is rigidly connected to the body. The AMG sports suspension with specifically tuned spring/damper units and larger stabilisers provides for high lateral acceleration and a reduced rolling tendency in fast double bends. The A 45 AMG comes as standard with twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, fitted with 235/40 R 18 tyres.

AMG high-performance braking system
The electromechanical Dual Pinion AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with AMG-specific, speed-dependent power assistance and a constant steering ratio (14.5 : 1) enables high steering precision and agility. The electric motor is installed in space-saving configuration on the steering gear. The AMG high-performance braking system with ventilated and perforated brake discs all round in size 350 x 32 millimetres at the front and 330 x 22 millimetres at the rear provides for spontaneous and reliable deceleration.

interior design and appointments
Inside, too, the new A 45 AMG boasts a heady mix of hallmark Mercedes-AMG dynamism and exclusivity. The sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching, the multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles and the AMG DRIVE UNIT set new standards in terms of both appearance and quality. The dashboard trim comes in carbon-fibre look – a perfect match for the five air vents in black/red, the red seat belts and the AMG door sill panels. The AMG instrument cluster presents information by means of a central colour display with the AMG main menu and the RACETIMER.

Numerous individualisation options are available for the A 45 AMG (selection):

*AMG Aerodynamics package: AMG rear aerofoil, additional flics in front apron, larger front splitter
*AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirror housing
*AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package: front splitter, side sill panel inserts and trim on rear apron in genuine carbon fibre
*AMG rear aerofoil
*AMG Exclusive package
*AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels in 8 x 19 fitted with 235/35 R 19 tyres, in two variants: painted in titanium grey with high-sheen finish or in matt black with high-sheen rim flange
*AMG Night package: privacy glass, black anodised waistline trim strip, black tailpipe trims in chromed finish, radiator fins in silver chrome, high-gloss black painted finish for front splitter, exterior mirrors, side sill panel inserts and rear apron trim
*AMG Performance exhaust system incl. tailpipe trims in specific design
*AMG Performance suspension with tauter spring/damper tuning
*AMG Performance steering wheel and E-SELECT lever, electronic key with AMG emblem
*AMG Performance seats
*AMG wheel bolt covers in black with hub caps in central-locking look (for standard AMG light-alloy wheels only)
*Red painted callipers
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