Revell 1/24 Mercedes A 160

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For a long time the automobile in Germany had been divided the six big German car companies which of the companies having their own segment – Volkswagen and (a German GM division) for the smaller and market cars, BMW and Audi for the middle class’, Mercedes-Benz for the market and Porsche for sports There was always some of overlap but things really to change in the second half of the By now everything has mixed up and you can buy a luxury from Volkswagen (the a small car from BMW (the and soon there will be a or even a SUV from Porsche.

One of the in this policy of trying to get a into new market segments is Within the last ten years the extended its lineup into the car, SUV and the super luxury Actually the smallest (the as well as the largest (the 62) German series production are built by Daimler-Chrysler companies, for marketing reasons these are not sold under the Mercedes

Well, the ‘smart’ is not really being produced in France and not a car by American standards. But that’s story – and another kit.

But back to our subject. The step for Mercedes was to enter the important car class in central and Europe – the ‘compact Also named the ‘Golf’-class in – after the VW Golf which is (now in its fifth the best selling car in Germany for than two decades.

Mercedes engineers and marketing soon realized that just another Golf/Megane/Civic/Corolla not do the job and went on to create a car which establish it’s own class between small station and small van – the ‘compact Having similar external (except for height) as a normal car, the higher body and arrangement of engine and transmission allow for a roomy ‘van-like’ with higher seat

This concept proved to be – as can be seen by the fact many companies offer cars these days from the Audi A2 (which is very similar) to the Volkswagen the Renault Scenic or the Honda which are somewhat larger and on the companies compact models. the car was the smallest Mercedes it got the designation with the C-class being the larger model.

Mercedes’ announcement of the new car created a craze – after all the was attacking Volkswagen, Opel and on their very own territory. The on the car were quite high the car became available in fall Unfortunately for the company, the first of cars had some teething

In a special test (dubbed the i.e. ‘moose test’) at 60 kph / 45 miles trying to avoid an suddenly crossing the road motor journalists managed to over the car. This only under special – when the car was loaded four persons and only one specific type of tires but the was reproducible.

The pictures of the car literally off the road marred the reputation of the car and a lot of ‘Schadenfreude’ with half of making jokes about the new and the problems a big company had with a small car. The company had to and halted production and recalled the already sold. After months pause the production of the A-class resumed in spring Changes included lowered and wider tyres.

Additionally all cars were with an ESP (electronic stability which until then only be found in luxury Nowadays you can find such (each company has a different for this but it’s basically the in most new cars – at here in Europe but in 1998 it was groundbreaking. With these and big marketing and advertising efforts managed to make the A-Class a successful model.

The ‘Elchtest’ is almost forgotten now and the car is still in with its second generation on the horizon (summer 2004). The car is with different gas and diesel and in three design lines: (the basic) ‘elegance’ luxurious/conservative) and ‘avantgarde’ (the Since 2001 also a wheel base version is

I guess it’s time to the American market now.

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It’s nice that companies make models of cars’. Not the Ferrari or Porsche you probably never own anyway, but the A-Klasse, Volkswagen Golf or of the other cars you see every day on the And – except for the poor clear parts – will be a fairly easy resulting in a nice and unusual of an important car.

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