What is everyone wishing for Christmas? By the looks of the sales reports, the answer is a Mercedes CLA , as they are becoming rather difficult to get a hold of at dealerships.
Of course this does not come as a big surprise to us, because we were sure the CLA would be a huge hit right from the moment we first laid eyes upon it. It features an elegant look — the best of all the Mercedes sedans in our opinion — offers a highly equipped interior, and a carries a very competitive base price of $29,900.
In a letter addressed to its dealers, Mercedes officials announced that from February to June 2014, they should expect “tight inventories and low days supply” because the car’s "overwhelming success." The company’s plant is at full capacity, but even so, Mercedes has problems satisfying all the requests.
Mercedes itself called the new CLA the best launch they had in the past 20 months, as it enjoyed "phenomenal success right out of the gate." In fact the new CLA is one of the models that helped Mercedes to pass BMW for the first time in a very long time — in the first 10 months of 2013, Mercedes sold 245,145 cars in the U.S., which was 5,000 more than BMW sold.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA.
After being previewed by the Concept Style Coupe , the the production version of the CLA-Class made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Offered as a sort of "baby CLS," the new CLA offers one of the most elegant lines you will ever see on a Mercedes model, with the shape of the rear end being one of its best attributes.
The only "problem" is that the U.S. market only gets the CLA250 version, which is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers just 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The CLA 250 is priced from $29,900.