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Old 6th July 2004, 00:23   #1
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DM finally launches the new A class in Europe. Some quotes and pics of the new car:

Newly designed headlamps, a striking radiator grille, muscularly sculpted wings and a bold sweep along its side profile accentuate the compact, dynamic and self-assured image of this car. The new compact Mercedes car is 232 millimetres longer and 45 millimetres wider.



For the first time DM has also launched a 3 door variant of this model.
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The new range will also feature seven four-cylinder engines - including three newly developed CDI direct fuel injection models and one new 142-kW/193-hp turbocharged petrol engine. When compared with their predecessors, the performance of the petrol and diesel engines used in the new A-Class has increased by up to 38 percent and torque levels have improved by up to 46 percent. Even with these higher performance levels, the fuel consumption of the petrol models has fallen by up to ten percent. All engines satisfy the stringent EU-4 exhaust gas limits and a particulate filter system can be supplied on request for the diesel engines.

The three newly developed CDI diesel engines are based on second-generation common-rail technology which operates with dual pilot fuel injection and a higher fuel injection pressure (1600 bar).

Fuel consumption of the CDI models in the NEDC cycle is 4.9 to 5.4 litres, thereby equalling the exemplary level achieved in the former compact Mercedes car. The A 160 CDI can travel around 1100 kilometres on one tank (54 litres).


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A look at the interiors of the car:




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