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Mercedes-Benz India retains leadership in 2018, sales up 1.4%

11 January, 2019, 11:10 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Mercedes-Benz India sales rises 1.4% to 15,538 units in 2018

Low height matched with a wide, planted stance are necessary for a coupe presence and dimensions of the all-new CLA-Class don't disappoint. It is built on a re-engineered version of the previous car's platform and uses technology from the latest A-class. Active Lane Change Assist is available too, while enhanced Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist are fitted as standard.

LAST year was the fifth consecutive record year for Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM), which recorded an "extraordinary" performance of 13,079 vehicles sold, translating into a 9% overall growth. The side windows appear narrower this time and the rear looks cleaner with smaller rear tail lights. Mercedes-Benz claims that the CLA continues to have the same drag coefficient of 0.23 as before.

There's a new version of the MBUX - the Mercedes-Benz User Experience - set-up as the A-Class, incorporating the "Hey Mercedes" voice-controlled assistant, but additional local content has been added in, making the vehicle more relevant in a local context.

On that note, the CLA is a good 139mm longer and 7mm lower than the A-Class sedan, while riding on the same 2729mm wheelbase, and in practical terms it offers similar headroom in the front but 36mm less in the back thanks to that sloping roofline, while the boot actually swallows 40 litres more (460).

The CLA has the youngest average customers of all Mercedes models, so the firm has focused on a high-tech theme for the interior.

The display auto in Las Vegas is a CLA 250 variant, which is equipped with a M260 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine making 224 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm between 1,800 to 4,000 rpm. There will also be a manual transmission option, as well as 4Matic all-wheel drive capability for the new CLA.

Padraig Harrington confirmed as 2020 Ryder Cup captain
Harrington played in the biennial event in six consecutive contests, including winningm teams in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010. Two-time Ryder Cup player Paul Lawrie also welcomed Harrington's selection, describing it as a "brilliant appointment".

The biggest change is inside though.

Based on what we have seen so far, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS model will come with a familiar face. There's a pair of 10.25-inch screens, the first one replacing the conventional instrument cluster while the second acts as an interface for the infotainment system, along with a large touchpad. The 2019 version of the CLA carried a starting price tag of $35,700, not including those onerous transport and prep fees (set at $1,995 by Mercedes-Benz Canada).

It also introduces Interior Assist, which recognises operational demands from gestures and equips the interior with intelligence, through augmented reality for navigation and understanding indirect voice commands. Flip a "v" at the centre console and MBUX will also access a personal favourites menu.

"Best Never Rest" signifies the philosophy that Mercedes-Benz will carry forward the rich learnings and experiences of the past 25 years, as the brand embarks on a new journey towards reinventing itself for the future.

The Mercedes-branded Vivoactive 3 comes with custom materials and display screens.

The customized wearable is able to track your health data, including your heart rate and stress levels, and send that information to the car's dashboard.

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