Lancia Musa vs Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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Lancia Musa

Lancia Musa

vs Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The New Lancia Musa will make its debut with a world preview in Venice. Successor to a winning model that in three years has won the hearts of many European motorists (in 2006 and 2007 it was Italy’s best-selling compact MPV), the new vehicle will again be a winner by product the motoring world all the values of true Italian friendliness.

It sets out to recreate a typical Italian atmosphere shape and content-wise, a combination of elegance and informality, punctilious yet disarming, luxury with a naturalness that makes everyone feel at ease. In short, the New Lancia Musa is the Italian feature in the modern European compact scene, embodying concepts of good taste, warmth and generosity.

The New Lancia Musa has been restyled and is now even more up-to-date and appealing due to a number of look-and-feel cues that reflect the very latest sphere trends. And, in fact, this refined new exterior gives the vehicle a greater size impression that target buyers will certainly find appealing, given that additionally to an elegant, refined shape they can also appreciate enhanced functionality and room. Developed at the Lancia Style Centre, this model draws heavily on the classic canons of Lancia look-and-feel reinterpreted in a modern key consistent with trends in look-and-feel found in the luxury vehicle segment.

The front end has been improved with a number of chrome features underlining the new stylistic imprint while at the same time emphasising the model’s impression of dynamism, an element that will be a key layout option for future Lancia vehicles. In the centre of the elegant chromed grille is the new Lancia logo, one that is reminiscent of the past but interpreted in a modern key, as is appropriate for a make projected towards future challenges but at the same time proud of its conventional identity.

The very same harmony and stylistic consistency can be seen in the completely refactored back section. Perfectly in line with the new approach adopted at the front, the generously sized hatch is today an even more hight-priority option providing two substantial enhancments over the previous model. First, the luggage compartment is 70 litres larger while the loading deck has been lowered by 4 centimetres, making it easier to stow bags and suitcases.

And again at the back, the New Lancia Musa boasts new technological LED lights that, compared to conventional bulb-lit units, are more luminous and therefore safer, apart from aesthetic considerations.

Lancia Musa

Following the B-class F-CELL fuel-cell vehicle, Mercedes-Benz now introduces the new Mercedes-Benz A-class E-CELL as its second electric vehicle built in series-production conditions. The five-seater with battery-powered electric drive meets all the requirements for a family vehicle for everyday use. It is based on the 5-door version of the current Mercedes-Benz A-class, and features a generously dimensioned dashboard and luggage compartment for maximum versatility.

No compromises have been necessary in terms of room and variability, with compact cargo batteries that are located extremely well-protected and in a space-saving way in the car underbase. The car’s two high-efficiency lithium-ion batteries offer a range of over 200 km (NEDC). The vehicle is powered by a quiet, locally emission-free electric drive with peak output of 70 Kw (95 hp), developing a high torque of 290 Nm.

A total production run of 500 Mercedes-Benz A-class E-CELL vehicles will be built at Rastatt from autumn 2010. The cars will be leased to selected buyers in several European countries, including Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Five doors, five seatings, the same luggage compartment volume as in the internal combustion motor Mercedes-Benz A-class (435 to 1370 litres), a 350-kilogram payload measured as per the relevant EC directive and high variability of the dashboard and luggage compartment: this is what makes the new Mercedes-Benz A-class E-CELL a family vehicle for everyday use. The sophisticated sandwich structure offers both an extremely convenient in-car environment and maximum protection for passengers and elements in the event of a collision.

Over our almost 125-year history, we have accumulated extensive experience and knowhow in the space of electric cars, including both battery and fuel-cell. This knowhow has already offered the basis for getting two electric vehicles for everyday use onto the road: the smart fortwo electric drive, and the B-class F-CELL. The story now continues with our third electric vehicle, the Mercedes Mercedes-Benz A-class E-CELL, whose start of production is planned for autumn this year.

The new vehicle is a battery-driven electric Mercedes that enlarges our portfolio and provides our buyers the kind of driving pleasure, convenience and security that they have come to expect, says Dr Thomas Weber, the Daimler AG Board of Management member responsible for Group Research and Development Mercedes-Benz Vehicles.

Along with exemplary security, optimum convenience and a high level of suitability for daily use, the Mercedes-Benz A-class E-CELL also provides other strengths not always to be found in contemporary electric cars: agility and driving pleasure. The features are based on a low centre of gravity, partly the result of the installation of the batteries under the passenger compartment, in the sandwich structure of the car floor.

This gives the vehicle impressive road-holding and sprightly handling characteristics – qualities that clearly set the Mercedes-Benz A-class E-CELL apart from other electric vehicles, which often have heavy and bulky cargo batteries located in the boot or by the back bench. Another benefit from this installation location is the provision of best-possible protection against the intrusion of structural elements in the event of a head-on collision or impact from the back.

This is because the batteries are located outside the car body’s deformation zones. The high-stability characteristics of the sandwich structure of the floor also offer impressive protection for both battery and passengers in a lateral collision scenario.

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