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Old 02-04-2013, 02:06 PM
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Did anyone see the new Mercedes?

They teased that Mercedes would unveil a new car last night, in the 4th quarter of the SB. I must have been on a food run, because I never saw the ad. Did anyone see it?

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:14 PM
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The CLA has been seen for a few months now. FWD (AWD future, AMG version with rear biased AWD) is part of Mercedes "universal" chassis design. Target customer demographic . . . younger folks that may be considering a 1-Series or similar.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:19 PM
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I saw it. Coming in the fall. CLA300?? Good looking car. I don't know how it'll stand up to running with an open wheel (INDY? ) on the oval tho, as was shown in the ad.

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:20 PM
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The CLA has been seen for a few months now. FWD (AWD future, AMG version with rear biased AWD) is part of Mercedes "universal" chassis design. Target customer demographic . . . younger folks that may be considering a 1-Series or similar.
Starting at $29,900.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:59 PM
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I was really excited for this car. The CLA I thought was going to be a new kind of 190E series. Small, sporty with a 4 cylinder engine. Possibly a manual transmission (but i doubt it)

Then they went and made it front wheel drive. Why did they have to do that
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:08 PM
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Manual trans in Europe, of course, not for US consumption. It does make economic sense with only about 7% of all new cars sold in the US being manual, that not having to stock parts and service manual gear boxes is the way to go.

FWD . . . Mercedes knows how to do it in the A & B for years now.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:38 PM
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The A and B class are a completely different animal that the CLA. The A and B are small compact cars and there would not benefit from Rear wheel drive, the CLA is good, but it could have been so much better with rear wheel.

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Old 02-04-2013, 05:27 PM
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I am going to reserve judgement until I see one in person and drive it before I condemn it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:35 PM
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The A and B class are a completely different animal that the CLA. The A and B are small compact cars and there would not benefit from Rear wheel drive, the CLA is good, but it could have been so much better with rear wheel.

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The CLA sits on the same platform as the A and B.


I think Mercedes wanted to get into a lower price point market here in the US. We don't buy cars that look like the A and the B class here in the US, the CLA was a "sexy" way to get a simpler, cheaper, platform into the garages of US buyers.

Its marketing, it not about "the way the car feels"

I agree RWD is best, almost everything I own is rear wheel drive, but Mercedes isn't stupid, they are selling the car to people who are about a big star on the front of the car, not car enthusiasts. We can buy the C-Class if we want an entry level, true Mercedes-Benz. But if its as good looking as it looks, and they do bring over a small 4cyl diesel version, and it drives okay... I could be swayed.

HOWEVER, I think the CLA is going to be bought heavily by Ed Hardy/Affliction wearing 30 something douchebags who can't afford a CLS. But they will go to the club and tell stupid girls they just "'copped that new 5-hunned CLS Benz," as they try to talk someone else in their group into paying for bottle service.

A preemptive apology to any Ed Hardy wearing douchebags on this forum.

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Old 02-04-2013, 05:52 PM
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HOWEVER, I think the CLA is going to be bought heavily by Ed Hardy/Affliction wearing 30 something douchebags who can't afford a CLS. But they will go to the club and tell stupid girls they just "'copped that new 5-hunned CLS Benz," as they try to talk someone else in their group into paying for bottle service.

A preemptive apology to any Ed Hardy wearing douchebags on this forum.
If that's the demographic that buys the VW Passat, Audi A3 or the Acura TSX, then it could work.
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With DeFoe (NOT DeNiro!) playing the contract-writing/soul-stealing Mephistopheles, he's at a diner w/a future-soul-loser...enticing the 20-30ish gent with what he would be able to "enjoy" if he has the CLA.

Then the kicker...a pair of paper-hangers on a billboard finish up the LL-corner of the billboard with the final paper that announces the "Starting at $29,900" sticker price and the kid looks at DeFor (NOT DeNiro!) like "Take that pen and shove it..."

DeFoE (NOT DeNiro!) does the "substance-to-black dust" *POOF!* and the end-tail moral is that you can live like hell without your pocket book beating you to it.

Cute spot, but in 5 years, there will be a few thousand SLAs dotting the landscape with trashed trannies, torn-up upholstery and dented fenders with knocked-out grills plus plenty of "Matchbox'd" rides with "22s" and/or "slammed" rides littering the highways and byways of the great inner-cities of this country.

And someone will paint one either lime-green or mauve.

Let the puking begin...
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:27 PM
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Way overstyled, not a fan. Id get an a3, and more likely a 1 series before that (I am considering one actually). Maybe it'll
Be better in person...hate the c class coupe though.
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DeNiro? Wasn't that Dafoe?
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:33 PM
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DeNiro? Wasn't that Dafoe?
I'm sorry, you're absolutely right...I saw the Letterman show the other night and DeNiro was in All-Black for that show.

My bad....

I'll edit for clarity's sake. Thanks for pointing that out! (OUCH!!)
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:43 PM
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HOWEVER, I think the CLA is going to be bought heavily by Ed Hardy/Affliction wearing 30 something douchebags who can't afford a CLS. But they will go to the club and tell stupid girls they just "'copped that new 5-hunned CLS Benz," as they try to talk someone else in their group into paying for bottle service.

A preemptive apology to any Ed Hardy wearing douchebags on this forum.

This is exactly the gripe that I had when I reviewed that Superbowl commercial last week. It isn't a car commercial, it's an image commercial and the CLA is an image car. Hopefully it won't dethrone the mighty 3-Series though

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