New Mercedes A-Class Hatchback Not Coming to the U.S.; You can Buy it in Canada though
Mercedes just unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class, and it goes without saying that it’s the sexiest, most technologically advanced compact hatchback on the market. The BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are cool and all, but let’s face it, both look rather generic inside and out and are subpar when it comes to technology. Unfortunately, all of the above is irrelevant if you live in the U.S., as Mercedes-Benz isn’t planning on selling the hatchback Stateside.
Many years ago, I was a lowly sales person at a Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep dealership in Florida. As a sales person, you got to test drive nearly every new car and every trim level of every new car, as they came in. It was the only way to really get a feel for each car. There were only a few vehicles that we were forbidden to touch. Those vehicles were the Dodge Viper and the Ram 1500 SRT-10, because those were considered collectibles and the extra mileage could reduce their value – plus they knew what we would do with them.
This is pretty much standard procedure at every single car dealership, including Mercedes. The Mercedes C63 AMC Coupe Black Series is much like the Viper and SRT-10 Ram were for Dodge, simply untouchable. Apparently a few technicians at Star Motors in Ottawa, Canada did not get that memo.
They took one of the 30 models of the Black Series available in Canada out on an 8:11 joyride through Ottawa. It would be one thing if they just drove it around to look cool and brought it back to the shop safely. Nope, these techs decided to see what this AMG coupe could do on multiple occasions.
At one point, the driver mentions that in manual mode, the car does not automatically up shift. The passenger didn’t believe him, so the guy proceeds to take the car up to redline in first gear and keep it there for about five seconds. This car can certainly handle that, but as all new car techs should know, these things require a break-in period before seeing that sort of stress.
Thankfully, the snoops over at MBWorld.com recognized the dealership, and alerted officials at Mercedes-Benz Canada. Mercedes is currently attempting to track down the owner of this thrashed upon vehicle to let him or her know the scoop on the car. Whether or not Mercedes will compensate the owner with anything is not known
All we can hope is that these techs got what was coming to them by the car gods!
While Americans are making their way along the Detroit Auto Show floor, Canadians are also taking part of a show of their own: the Montreal International Auto Show. It was here that Mercedes decided to appropriately displayed the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition, a special edition specially created for the Canadian market. There will be only 30 units built of this model, each priced at $81,500 (or around $82,360 USD).
This special edition not only features unique styling cues, but it also has an impressive list of special equipment that have never before been offered on a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. It comes painted in MAGNO Allanite Grey and will be distinguished by high-performance AMG brakes with red calipers, 19" AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in black, carbon-fiber mirror housings, and a rear lip spoiler.
The Mercedes C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition will be offered with the AMG Premium Package that adds an extra 30 HP and removes the speed limiter. Looks pretty cool, but we’re just having trouble pronouncing its name!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Mercedes C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition.
Mercedes’ customers from Canada will be able to enjoy a new special designo program, available for the E-Class, S-Class, CL-Class, SL-Class, SLS AMG, M-Class, and G-Class. This program is available to individualize the Mercedes to the customer’s exact color wishes and makes Mercedes the first manufacturer to offer a matte paint on a production vehicle.
The new designo program combines exclusive paint finishes, hand-stitched leather appointments, and exotic trim elements to give customers all of the choices they will need to create a unique and personality driven look to their luxury car. Mercedes has added Allanite Grey, Cashmere White, and Platinum to their list of exterior paint colors as well as Platinum White, Light Brown, Jet Black, and Deep White to their leather options. Curly Maple, Tamo, Olive, and Bamboo trim color options add to the already luxurious and natural look of the vehicle. Also, certain models will also get an exclusive designo Labrador Blue or Star Galaxy stone trim.
The new exterior color choices are not just more visually appealing, but also serve a much more practical purpose. The MAGNO paint used reduces susceptibility to minor scratches because of the way the light reflects off the matte finish. It also has the ability to hide minor dirt and dust better than the traditional finishes used in production vehicles.
Press release after the jump.