The current Daimler board of management is obviously successful in the process of correcting misguided developments of the past. Significant examples thereof are the separation from Chrysler and the end of the Maybach manufacturing. Obviously already for a long time one plans the standardization of the A-class with the vehicles of the other competitors.
Now it is becoming apparent why the B-Class was created in 2005. It should keep in line all the (rather older) buyers, which a car estimate with a high roof for easier access. Now, with the next model change, one can align the A-Class to a younger clientele without losing the other. Now the splitting in the A-and B-class makes sense.
In addition, it becomes clear how much the original plans for the A-Class had to be corrected. With the previous model change disappeared the double (sandwich) floor. Thus it was admitted the tempo towards alternative techniques to have overestimated. Now, suddenly changed the whole drive concept. The A class will be seen technically to a normal representative of the Golf class.
Of course you can not compare with the Golf, because one does not reach its price level. So the new A-Class in an interesting way is similar to the Audi A3, what also should be coherent from the purchase price classification. It is interesting that sometimes just even big companies radically change the direction. At VW, for example this should be the change from pump-injector to common rail.
And what about the car for the Mercedes beginner? It is an attempt, despite the coupe-like forms to maintain the suitability for everyday use. For the, the other models successfully conformed metal mesh front and the unbelievable low air resistance for this class Mercedes will probably find undivided applause. But when we speak from stylistic featuring we should regard the two lateral beads. Which are meant seriously, be found even suggestively at the fuel filler flap. But a real connection of its course has only the upper to the front ...
Who can remember. What were we not told all about the safety of this drive. That should be completely pushed under the body in an accident. All water under the bridge. Neither engine nor transmission nor front axle nor rear axle differ significantly from the somewhat more exquisite competitors.
There once again is demonstrated - who are the real car designers - the merchants. Only the who align as carmaker can benefit in full measure from the utiliy of the supply industry. The cost pressure remains high despite big gains. Perhaps we may be able, to create in this way a reasonably affordable entry into the electric age.
As an offer to the younger buyers will probably be regarded especially the new language ('A for attack', 'cool'). Indeed but shows the electronic orientation ('iPhone on wheels'), and how much money he/she is willing to spend. Thereby a little too short safety-related equipments come, e.g. the radar-based emergency brake assistant. 03/12