Mercedes-Benz A-Class (W177): how many were sold in first year
Just how successful has the W177-generation A-Class been for Mercedes-Benz? Well, the German firm has released global sales figures for the hatchback after its first full year on sale.
While the fourth-generation A-Class was revealed in February 2018, the Stuttgart-based automaker says “full availability” was reached only in May 2018 (in South Africa, meanwhile, the first units arrived only in August of that year).
So, how many have been sold so far? Well, Mercedes-Benz says “more than 195 000 units” of the current-generation A-Class have been registered worldwide “in the first year of full availability since its market launch in May 2018”. Unfortunately, since Mercedes-Benz SA doesn't report individual model sales to Naamsa, we can't tell you how many of those were sold locally.
Furthermore, sales of the firm’s compact cars increased for the third month in a row in May 2019, with more than 58 000 A-Class, B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA models sold during the month.
Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC Pricing And Detailed Specs For South Africa
If you are looking at getting into the AMG game then the new entry-level offering from the Affalterbach crew is the little A 35 4MATIC.
As a reminder, it packs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine making 301 hp (225 kW) of power and 400 Nm of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system that allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 4.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
So what will it cost us South Africans then? Base pricing sits at R749,000(excluding R6,198 CO2 tax) which does not seem unreasonable in this day and age but we have the full spec sheet and that price can rocket with a few optional extras.
If you want it in Polar white, Jupiter red, Night black or Sun yellow you will not need to pay extra but colours like digital white metallic and cosmos black metallic will be an extra R3,200.
Pricing for the Mercedes-AMG A35 has been made available to us. Here's how much Affalterbach's baby hot hatch will cost.
From what we understand, the new baby AMG will be arriving in SA around October 2019. It's powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder motor, producing 225 kW and 400 Nm. Power goes to all 4 wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Acceleration figures are brisk too, with a claimed figure of 4.7 seconds. If the road's long enough, it'll hit a top speed of 250 kph.
Mercedes-AMG A35 Price in South Africa
The price is inclusive of a C02 emissions tax. We'll have options pricing closer to the launch.
The A250e retains the turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine already used by the A200, in which it develops 158bhp and 148lb ft. This is supported by a gearbox-mounted electric motor that delivers 101bhp and up to 221lb ft: Mercedes-Benz insiders suggest the setup provides similar performance to the existing A250.
The gearbox used by the A250e is expected to be the new eight-speed unit already confirmed for a number of new Mercedes-Benz compact models, including the recently unveiled GLB. It will be uniquely calibrated to withstand the high torque loads achieved by the new petrol-electric driveline.
The electric motor takes it power from a 15kWh lithium-ion battery. Considerably larger in capacity than the 9.7kWh unit used by the BMW 225e Active Tourer, or the 8.7kWh battery employed by the Volkswagen Golf GTE, it is claimed to provide the A250e with an electric range of over 37 miles in its most efficient driving mode, as measured on the WLTP combined cycle.
New Mercedes-AMG A35 in South Africa: check out local pricing
Mercedes-Benz South Africa has added the new Mercedes-AMG A35 to its online configurator, revealing local pricing for the all-wheel-drive hot hatch that serves as the new entry-point to AMG ownership.
So, how much as we looking here at? Well, the A35 4Matic hatchback will start from R754 946, before any extras have been added. That’s a little more than rivals such as the Audi S3 Sportback (R671 000), the outgoing BMW M140i (R720 540) and the Volkswagen Golf R (R681 000).
Specifying the hot hatch in "Edition 1" trim will add R112 000 to the total. Other interesting options include the AMG aerodynamics package (R26 350), the AMG performance high-end seat package (R77 000), a panoramic sliding sunroof (R15 200), an all-digital instrument display (R6 500), a reversing camera (R5 500) and keyless go (R9 000).
Four flat exterior paint colours and six metallic options will be offered. The A35 will run on 18-inch alloys are standard, while various 19-inch wheel designs will be offered as options. The MBUX infotainment system will ship standard, although upgrading to the 10,25-inch screen will cost you an extra R10 000 (and adding the MBUX interior assistant a further R4 500).
As a reminder, the new A35 (which slots into the A-Class range below the recently revealed A45) is powered by a turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine churning out 225 kW (from 5 800 to 6 100 r/min) and 400 N.m (between 3 000 and 4 000 r/min). The result is a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,7 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.