• Sep 13, 2007

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Ten years on from a rather inauspicious start, Mercedes-Benz has released an Edition 10 anniversary model for the A-Class. When the original Mercedes-Benz A-Class failed miserably in a double lane change test (rolling over at speeds that most cars handled with no problem) in the hands of some Swedish media, the company had to quickly recall the first few months production and retrofit a stability control system and some suspension and tire changes.

The A-Class is now an established part of the Mercedes lineup and the anniversary edition adds special 16" alloy wheels, a new grille and a louvered panoramic sunroof. The Edition 10 is also available in an exclusive mountain grey metallic finish. Another option that will be available is a service contract that covers all maintenance and repair on the car for 10 Euros a month.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]



PRESS RELEASE:
Mercedes-Benz A-Class "Edition 10": Exclusive anniversary model of the A-Class with a sporty and elegant aura

Stuttgart - Exactly ten years after the successful A-Class was first presented in 1997, Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the anniversary of this compact car with the exclusive "Edition 10" special model. With a customer cost advantage for the equipment of up to 30 percent, and in addition to the extensive standard appointments, this anniversary edition includes sporty 16-inch light-alloy wheels, a perforated radiator grille and a louvred panoramic sunroof. The sporty, elegant atmosphere in the stylish interior is enhanced with high-grade leather and brushed aluminium. This superbly equipped editions of the A-Class can be ordered with immediate effect.
In autumn 1997 Mercedes-Benz brought some fresh thinking into the compact class with a completely new and unusual concept – the A-Class. This combined advantages such as exemplary use of space, great v ariability and occupant protection to Mercedes standards with the agile handling of a compact car. As its tenth birthday comes around, the second generation of the A-Class is already on our roads. To mark this occasion, Mercedes-Benz is now producing a special model with additional, high-quality appointments, some of which are reserved exclusively for this edition. There is also a price advantage of around 30 percent compared to the list price.
Light-alloy wheels, perforated radiator grille and a special paint finish for a distinctive exterior
Both in visual and practical terms, the new "Edition 10" models of the A-Class have been significantly upgraded with distinctive exterior and interior features. Distinctive, eye-catching exterior details include sporty, 16-inch light-alloy wheels in a 7-twin-spoke design, while a striking, perforated radiator grille painted in matt silver highlights the sporty character of this special model.
Sunny, open-air driving pleasure is guaranteed by the innovative, louvred panoramic sunroof, which opens much wider than most conventional sliding sunroofs. When the scratch-resistant, transparent sunroof is closed, the vehicle interior remains pleasantly light and airy. A retractable double blind, which acts as an air deflector when the roof is open, is used to darken the interior if required.
In addition to the familiar metallic paint finishes, the exclusive and elegant mountain grey is available as a unique and therefore unmistakable hallmark of this special edition, which is also identifiable by a discreet "EDITION" emblem in the mirror triangle.
Aluminium trim and fine leather for a sporty, stylish atmosphere
In the interior a well-coordinated mix of high-grade materials emphasises the exclusivity of the 10-year anniversary model. Trim elements of high-quality, diagonally brushed aluminium on the dashboard console and doors create a stylish contrast with the steering wheel, shift lever and parking brake lever, which are finished in fine leather. Black ARTICO man-made leather frames the seat and backrest panels of the exclusive seats, which are upholstered in a sporty, elegant fabric . The footwells are enhanced by v elour floor mats with silver stitched edging and an embroidered "EDITION" logo.
In addition to the onboard computer, the multifunction steering wheel can be used to operate the MP3-compatible "Audio 5" radio with CD-player and AUX-IN connector. Six loudspeakers ensure a high quality of sound.
Two body variants, three lines and seven different engines
The A-Class model range is available in two body versions, each with its own character. Mercedes-Benz is likewise offering this special edition in the versatile, five-door Saloon version or the three-door Coupé version with its eye-catchingly sporty and youthful appearance. There is also a choice between the CLASSIC, ELGANCE and AVANTGARDE lines.
Seven up-to-date engines are available – three diesel and four petrol units. The outputs of these economical engines range from 60 kW/82 hp (A 160 CDI) to 142 kW/193 hp (A 200 Turbo), with a fuel consumption between 4.9 and 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions between 128 and 192 g/km) .
Trendsetter in the compact segment
Around 1.6 million examples of the A-Class have been sold since the debut of this series in autumn 1997, an unrivalled success story which demonstrates customer confidence in the outstanding qualities of this compact Mercedes. Thanks to its innovative sandwich concept, the A-Class combines generous interior space with the exterior dimensions of an agile and economical compact car. It is therefore suitable for both shopping trips in town and extended holiday travel. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has received several international awards for this convincing concept.
Prices for the exclusive "Edition 10" model, which once again underlines the premium status of the A-Class, range from 21,182 Euro for the A 150 Coupé (A 150 Saloon 22,431.50 Euro) in the CLASSIC line to 29,244.25 for the A 200 CDI Saloon (A 200 CDI Coupé 27,994.75) in the ELEGANCE line. These prices include VAT.
Moreover, Mercedes-Benz is offering a further bonus exclusively for buyers of the "Edition 10": for only 10 euros per month, they will receive a service contract covering all servicing and repair work. This service contract means that operating costs are completely transparent and reliably predictable.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I miss driving the A-class.

      Best compact European rental car I ever drove.

      European car taxes and registration fees would nosedive the US car market.
      25% luxury tax on any new car. Used cars get taxed now too at dealers, in some countries, I heard. (which is insane, government getting xx% sales tax on cars again and again) Annual registration based on engine size/displacement a rato of ~200-250 euro for a 1.8l, ~300 for a 2.0l, ~400 for a 2.5l ... 10 years ago. May have changed and gone up in price since.

      Yes, leather seats are a US obsession, and very much a European luxury, present on a very small % of cars. Considering the high cost of cars, 25% surcharge, registration, 1k-2k extra for leather, ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I had an A-class as a rental in Europe - not fun to drive at all - it was slow, small, boring interior with cloth (CLOTH!) seats.

      I'm actually surprised it's still branded as a benz.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The cloth seats came only in the entry version, here the same happened, but the cloth used was some that resembles the Recaro, simple but classy, from the mid level version leather seats were standart
      • 7 Years Ago
      I feel the sharper lines and more current gen Mercedes Benz lines make it a better looking car.
      I hated the last gen's design theme and the A-Class was just before it while the current B-Class is in the current design theme (just before actually) so I like it more.

      I would not shed a tear if both cars were cut.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rick,

        what to get? A dozen old Citroen's, Peugeot's, and Renault's.

        Then you'd be cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cute little car. Worth $40k US? Don't think so.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There's always somebody commenting from the crowd on the short bus when it comes to listed prices in euros or pounds.

        Seriously people, $30K euro cars do not sell for $40k dollars in the states.

        Admittedly, it is still humorous to read the comments though, as if the poster is actually thinking of buying said car, then importing and dropping a few 1000 more dollars/euros to modify if for US roads.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Yea, because I intended to buy a car from europe and import it? That's humorously naive. So what would be the equivalent US price for a 29,000 euro car?

          Since we are being serious and all.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In Europe, $40k buys you the same car that about $25k does here. Lots of fees, tariffs, taxes, and the like. Prices between markets are not comparable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mercedes is the most crooked company on the face of the earth. I have a 2 year old E class with rust and they voided the warranty on me for no apparent reason. They should have repaired , instead they sent in a company rep (thief) who voided the warranty. They owe at least the 30 thousand dollars, because I can't even sell the car now. Trust me this company will soon go out of business. They are full of thieves and crookedness!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      And what a proud decade this lil' pierogi has had!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice. I wish we'd get more small, upscale vehicles with high levels of content in the U.S. I guess too many people here think small = cheap. Too bad... Minis are great, but the styling is a little too retro for me. I'm definitely looking forward to the 1 series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Despite its less than acceptable sales performance here in brazilian market when it was produced here, this car is good, it is a pity that it has failed to sell reasonably here

      its price was way more than the market judges as adequate, but it is a cute, well finished, nimble car, woth a stiff, well set suspension, and especially the 1.9 version is good to drive with its 0-100 km/h in 8,9s and 200 km/h of top speed

      another cause of the lack of sales, was the high maintenance costs
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw one in Toronto about five years ago. IMO - it looked pretty interesting in real life although I have no idea what it's like to drive. BTW - they aren't sold in Canada, this one had Mexican plates.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this car makes me want to vomit and laugh at the same time. yuck. mercedes bread van.
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