Press Kit: The Mercedes-Benz A-Class: A class apart
Sep 28, 2007
The A-Class - technical highlights
168 series (1997 to 2004)
  • Bodywork based on the sandwich principle, with major assemblies situated below and in front of the passenger compartment, at the same time ensuring particularly high crash safety
  • Innovative spatial concept with plenty of space in the interior, despite small external dimensions
  • Equipped as standard with the ESP® Electronic Stability Program, BAS brake assist system, and other safety systems, setting new standards in this vehicle category
  • A prototype marked the world premiere of the modern diesel engine implementing the CDI (common rail direct injection) principle
169 series (from 2004)
  • AUTOTRONIC automatic transmission with CVT (continuously variable transmission) technology
  • Parabolic rear axle for precision wheel location and excellent anti-roll characteristics when cornering
  • Selective damping system that adjusts the shock absorber forces according to the driving conditions
  • Use of recycled and natural materials
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