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New Mercedes-Benz A-Class now in production

New sub-compact Mercedes is expected to become available in Canada

Published: July 18, 2012, 3:00 PM

Mercedes-Benz began production of its new A-Class sub-compact in Rastatt, Germany this week, joining the new B-Class that has been built in the same plant since September 2011.

The A-Class has not previously been sold in Canada but the new model is expected to become available here.

"And there is more to come, " said Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "(A) compact SUV will be the third model we will build here in Rastatt."

The new A-Class, which is available in Europe with engines ranging from 109 to 211 horsepower in output, is said to have a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.27.

Demonstrating the brand's commitment to safety at all price levels, the A-Class incorporates a radar-based Collision Prevention Assist system as standard equipment, along with the usual suite of safety technologies expected in a Mercedes-Benz.

The company ultimately plans to build five new models off what it calls its compact architecture. In addition to the  A-Class and B-Class, and the SUV just announced by Dr. Zetsche, there will be a coupe and another, as-yet undefined, "sporty and emotive vehicle."