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The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class app

New A ClassSavvy drivers with a smartphone can now use the new app for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class to get even more out of their model. The interactive app, which is currently available for the iPad and iPhone, acts as a three-dimensional brochure and guide to the car, and offers 360-degree views of both the outside and inside of the model.

Drivers are helped and supported by the information that the app can provide – it highlights the main technology and safety features with videos and more detail, offers a wealth of information on engines and suspensions, and contains a hub that compiles all of the latest social feeds and news on the A-Class in one place. Users can find out more about the model’s built-in Pre Safe technology, Emergency Call system and Lane Tracking package with just a few taps. Using the touchscreen, every section is easy to access and read, and zoom/scroll functions are literally right there at your fingertips.

For interested motorists who don’t yet own a Mercedes-Benz A-Class, or for owners looking to upgrade their exterior and interior features, the app gives a comprehensive breakdown of technical info and prices for every level of trim and optional upgrade. The iPhone version of the app also allows users to share their “walk-around” with friends through social media and via e-mail.

The app requires iOS 5.0 or later to run, and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store now for free. Mercedes-Benz additionally provides apps for a number of its other models, which can also be found through the store. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is available now at authorised dealerships throughout the United Kingdom.

First New A Class Rolls Off Production Line at Rastatt

New A Class 2012Daimler is investing a total of around €1.2 billion in the Rastatt plant for the production of the new compact models. In a first wave of expansion, €600 million were used e.g. for the construction of a new bodyshell building and for tools, and a further €600 million will follow this and next year for a second wave of expansion. These new investments are slated for modifications of the assembly and corresponding equipment installations in the bodyshell production.

Another €400 million will be invested in the powertrain plants this and next year for production of components solely used in the new compact models. A total of 900 new permanent jobs have been created at Rastatt since 2010, 500 of them in 2012 alone. The plant is thus responding to the ongoing high demand, and continues to grow with the new generation of compact cars.
Since the start of sales in mid-June more than 40.000 customers have already ordered the new A-Class. More than 70.000 vehicles of the new B-Class were delivered to customers since its market launch in November 2011, "Demand for our premium compact cars is so strong that we are going to to introduce a third assembly shift in October 2012", said Peter Wesp, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant. "Our team in Rastatt is doing a fantastic job, and we are very proud of their achievements." The number of trainee positions has been increased to 70 per year.
 

2012 A Class Range

With air conditioning, Audio 5 USB, electric windows all round, Headlamp Assist, 12-button multifunction steering wheel and the comprehensive safety package including COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, the A-Class
is already fully equipped even in its base configuration. With "Urban", "Style" and "AMG Sport" appointment lines, three Design packages as
well as further optional extras, the model can be customised to suit every individual taste. Available appointments, many familiar from higher
vehicle classes, also include the Intelligent Light System, electrically
adjustable front seats with memory function or dashboard finished in
ARTICO man-made leather. Further sporty details designed to appeal to the vehicle's young target group include designo seat belts in red or the sporty instrument cluster featuring a "chequered flag" design.

All three design and equipment lines can basically be combined with all engine variants. The "Style" line has a radiator grille with two slats in the vehicle
colour and chrome inserts, and the waistline trim strip is finished in a chrome look. The stylish appearance is enhanced further with light-alloy wheels
featuring a 10-spoke design and measuring either 16 inches (all models
except for the A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY) or 17 inches (A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY). Highlights in the interior include matrix-look trim elements as well as front sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/Messancy fabric with contrasting stitching. Contrasting stitching is also to be found on the armrests on the
centre console and the doors. The gear lever has a silver chrome surround.
The ring around the headlamp switch and the nozzle crosses on the air vents
in the dashboard are also finished in silver chrome.

Practical details of the "Style" line include the Seat Comfort package (with height adjustment for the front passenger seat and seat cushion angle
adjustment for driver and front passenger), multifunction holder in the
centre console and 12 V socket in the rear.

A particular feature of the "Urban" line is the sporty instrument cluster with silver-coloured circular instruments, "chequered flag" design and red dial pointers. This is matched by the checked pattern of the trim elements. The dynamic impression continues with the sports seats with upholstery in
ARTICO man-made leather/Larochette fabric. Contrasting stitching is used on the seats, armrests, multifunction steering wheel and the gear lever in nappa leather. The 3-spoke steering wheel also has a perforated grip area. The Seat Comfort package, multifunction holder in the centre console and 12 V socket in the rear again come as standard, as does the chrome finish on the headlamp switch and nozzle crosses. Distinctive characteristics of the exterior include the twin-pipe exhaust system with oval tailpipe trim in polished stainless steel and the radiator grille with silver-coloured twin slats with chrome highlights. The "Urban" line also features a chrome-look waistline trim strip and 17-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.

"AMG Sport" is the name of the third equipment line, which again is available for all engine variants. This is the line in which the colour red comes into play: it features in the contrasting stitching on the sports seats (with upholstery
in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre), the nappa leather
multifunction steering wheel with flattened bottom section, and the armrests. This is matched with the sporty instrument cluster with silver-coloured
circular instruments, "chequered flag" design and red dial pointers as well as sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs. Trim elements
feature a chrome-look finish, and the front and rear door sill panels are made of aluminium. The sporty theme is continued with the exterior: as standard the "AMG Sport" model boasts a twin-pipe exhaust system with oval tailpipe trim in polished stainless steel, silver-painted radiator grille with chrome inserts, 18-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels and AMG bodystyling (front and rear aprons and side sill panels). Those opting for the "AMG Sport" model will also get an A-Class with a sports suspension, lowered body and Direct-Steer system. The front brake discs are also perforated.

Even more dynamic: the A 250 Sport

In the case of the A 250 Sport, the "AMG Sport" appointment line is available as standard. The visual affinity to the Concept A-CLASS is especially evident with these models – particularly due to the new diamond grille. The A-Class Sport features exclusive 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design with 235/40 R 18 tyres all round and painted in high-gloss black with a
high-sheen finish, together with red-painted brake callipers. These give an indication of the vehicle's particularly dynamic driving qualities which are characterised, amongst other features, by a special AMG-developed front axle and a suspension that has been configured to match. With its special engine and transmission configuration, the A 250 Sport also provides a very special driving experience which is enhanced further by the emotionally appealing sound of the modified exhaust system.

Hints of red on the AMG front and rear aprons also serve to emphasise the expressive positioning of the new model. In conjunction with Intelligent Light System or bi-xenon lights, the headlamps also have red highlight rings. The contrast between black trim and additional accents in red continues in the interior: the contrasting decorative topstitching on the steering wheel and seats is in this same bright shade, as are the seat belts. The highlight rings of the air vents are similarly finished in red.

Even more choice: the three Design packages

Further individualisation options are possible with the three Design packages which are available for all engine variants. The "Night package" builds on the scope of equipment making up the Style, Urban, and AMG Sport lines as well as the Sport model and supplements them further with a variety of different, additional appointments. The exterior highlights include:

  • gloss black radiator grille with chrome inserts (except the A 250 Sport)
  • black-painted exterior mirrors (not in conjunction with magno and black metallic paint finishes as in those cases they are in the vehicle colour)
  • beltline trim strip in high-gloss black
  • heat-insulating dark-tinted glass as of B-pillar
  • 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in matt black
    and with a high-sheen finish (in conjunction with AMG Sport:
    AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels)

 

The Exclusive package, which can be chosen in addition to one of three equipment lines, does full justice to its name, featuring a high-quality
interpretation of the compact class with leather sports seats, dashboard and door centre panels in ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting stitching, and also trim elements in the appointments colour. The scope of equipment includes a 3-spoke leather steering wheel with 12 function buttons, as well as an infrared receiver in the driver's door (summer opening/closing function), electric 4-way lumbar support on the front seats and heated seats.

The "AMG Exclusive package", which is only available in conjunction with the "AMG Sport" equipment line and cannot be combined with the Exclusive package, comprises the following details:

  • heated front sports seats with black RED CUT leather upholstery with red contrasting stitching as well as 4-way lumbar support
  • dashboard in ARTICO man-made leather with red contrasting (upper part) and high-gloss headlamp switch with silver-chrome surround ring and air vents with silver-chrome surrounds and crosses
  • cover over the stowage compartment in the centre console
  • infrared receiver in the driver's door (summer opening/closing
    function)

 

From 'A' for accessories to 'X' for xenon: additional optional extras

The A-Class is optionally available with bi-xenon lights instead of halogen lights. The latter are furthermore optionally combinable with the Intelligent Light System (ILS). ILS, which is familiar from other Mercedes model lines, comprises bi-xenon headlamps with variable light distribution and dynamic headlamp range for country roads, motorways and dense fog, Adaptive
Highbeam Assist, active light function, LED daytime driving lights and
headlamp cleaning system.

The Light and Sight package comprises the following details:

  • indirect illumination of front and rear door handles/door openers
  • front and rear footwell illumination
  • illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and front passenger
  • illuminated interior mirror
  • illuminated stowage compartment in the centre console
  • reading lights and console light in the roof lining in the rear
  • illuminated door sill panels
  • illuminated openings in the front and rear head restraints
    (sports seats only)
  • courtesy and warning lights for driver and front passenger
  • warning and ambient lighting in the boot lid
  • windscreen wipers with rain sensor

 

A reversing camera is optionally available starting with the Audio 20 CD. This is activated automatically when reverse gear is engaged. It supports the driver during lengthways and crossways parking manoeuvres by means of static and dynamic guide lines indicating the vehicle's line of travel and clearances.
Active Parking Assist offers even greater comfort here (see section "Driving assistance systems").

Internet access, the convenient LINGUATRONIC voice control system, two navigation solutions tailored to different budgets, connection for mobile audio devices, iPhone® integration and an intuitive operating concept – the A-Class offers information and communication systems with a superior level of functionality which to date has been the reserve of higher vehicle classes. For details see the section on "Multimedia systems".

Fitted as standard to each A-Class is the THERMATIC manual air conditioning system. Just like the THERMOTRONIC two-zone automatic air conditioning system (optional extra), it has been enhanced in a number
of areas. The air conditioning systems now feature noticeably quieter and vibration-free operation, since the blower motor has been mechanically isolated from the housing using special rubber elements. Furthermore, the equipment features optimised air intake in snow and more manual blower settings. An important development goal was also the efficient handling of the drive energy. The air conditioning compressor is operated based on actual requirements, and in dry weather or at temperatures at which no cooling is necessary, the compressor is automatically and steplessly throttled back.

Other optional extras include front seats with memory function, automatic dimming interior and exterior mirrors, designo seat belts in red (expected to be available from the fourth quarter of 2012) for driver and front passenger and rear outer seats, electrically operated panoramic sliding sunroof,
auxiliary heating, folding trailer coupling and a Stowage Space package. The latter comprises a spectacles compartment in the overhead control panel, stowage boxes beneath the front seats, nets beneath the parcel shelf, in the front passenger footwell, on the front seat backrests and on the left and
right of the luggage compartment, as well as a 12 V socket in the luggage
compartment.

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