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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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A car line produced by Mercedes-Benz. Models include: CLA 45 AMG and CLA 180.


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class page on 10 May 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a series of subcompact executive cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 2013. The first generation was a four-door fastback based on the platform of the W176 A-Class and W246 B-Class compact cars, marketed as a four-door coupé. In 2015, Mercedes-Benz expanded the CLA family to include the Shooting Brake, a station wagon configuration. As the V177 A-Class sedan took its place as the budget-conscious sedan, the second generation got longer and wider than the W205 C-Class.

The CLA is Mercedes-Benz' first ever front-wheel drive sedan and the first front-wheel drive vehicle offered by the manufacturer in the U.S. market. The CLA range is positioned above the A-Class and it is nearly on the level of the C-Class in the Mercedes model range, and models tend to be less practical than the A-Class it is based on.

The CLA first went on sale in Europe in April 2013, and was subsequently introduced in the United States in September 2013. Its largest markets are Western Europe and the United States. Global cumulative CLA sales reached 100,000 during its first year, cited as "our best launch in 20 years" by Mercedes-Benz. Worldwide, Mercedes-Benz sold about 750,000 units of the first generation.


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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Subject:  Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Subject:  Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Subject:  Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
View photo of Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show - 3.9MB
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Subject:  Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
View photo of Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show - 3.7MB


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
14 January 2013Mercedes-Benz CLA - images, specs and price Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
6 May 2020Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Otto G. Matheke III)


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