Celebrating 20 years of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

AustStar Motors are not the only ones celebrating a milestone birthday this year, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is celebrating 20 years in 2017!

Making its debut in 1997, the idea for the front-wheel drive was born in 1993 as a production study titled, “Vision A 93”. Mercedes-Benz successfully brought this vision to life by introducing a car to the market with compact exterior dimensions, a roomy and versatile interior, as well as Mercedes-Benz customary high standard of safety within a unique overall concept. This concept was not yet rivalled by anything on the market.

The very first A-Class rolled off the production line in 1997 for all of the public to see at the Genova Motor Show. One key distinction from previous Mercedes-Benz’ was the ‘Sandwich’ style safety component meaning there was a cavity between passenger compartment and floor plate matching the safety standard of the exemplary Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Due to the popularity of the model, Mercedes-Benz wanted to increase the production and in turn moved all work to a site in Rastatt, Germany. This site produce over 1.1million W168 and ceased production in 2004. The Rastatt plan was not the only plant manufacturing the A-Class. A production line at the Juiz de Fora plant in Brazil manufactured the A160 series from 1998, and the A190 from 2000.

Mercedes-Benz wanted to continue developing the A-class so they released the second generation of W169 in 2004. From the A-Class, the B-Class was born creating a model family. In more recent years Mercedes-Benz diverged from the typical shape of the W169 and W169 when designing the third generation A-Class, the W176. This model saw a sleeker design, keeping it consistent with the new CLA-Class (C 117, 2013) and the GLA (X 156, 2013).

In 2017, Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts are celebrating 20 years of the A-class. It is astounding too see what Mercedes has achieved in developing the A class from the “Vision A 93” into what the A-Class is today. It is exciting to think what Mercedes-Benz will achieve in the next twenty years.

AustStar Motors offers capped priced servicing for the first service on all A-Class Mercedes-Benz (excludes AMG models, subject to terms and conditions). Call 07 3397 7158 and book in today! 

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