Mercedes-Benz is planning to launch its compact cars A-Class and B-Class in India by 2013. At around Rs. 15 lakh – Rs. 20 lakh, the Mercs would compete against the Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat 500 models.
The existing A-Class sold in Western countries comes in many variants such as 160 CDI, 180 CDI, 200 CDI, 150, 170, 200 and 200 Turbo. It measures 3,881 mm in length, 1,760 mm in width and 1,590 mm in height. The wheelbase of the A-Class is 2,570 mm and the car has a boot space of 436 litres. Source: Dance With Shadows
Peter Alexander Trettin, president and CEO of Daimler’s Central/Eastern Europe, Africa & Asia regions, is reported to have said, “The new range of A and B-Class cars are currently under development and would be launched globally in 2013 along with India in the same year with Mercedes looking at developing right-hand-drive versions from the beginning.” Trettin added that these cars will have front-wheel architecture and will cost less than the C-Class, currently the cheapest model in Mercedes’ India lineup. Also read: Mercedes to build made-in-India car