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!
Content courtesy of emercedesbenz.com
I have been taking my collection of new and classic Mercedes Benz to Theo Anthony for service and restoration purposes since 1988. During this period of 27 years my family have owned over twenty six cars and have bought several from AustStar. I have always received very satisfactory service and customer care from Theo and his team who have also been invaluable in sourcing hard to find parts for my classics.- Bill D. | 14 May 2015
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