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Canada Gets a Mercedes-Benz the Americans Can’t Have, A-Class Hatchback

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I guess we will have to see. I don't think MB will be seeing this A class to take over the volume mover of a C class. Certainly, the B class is a low volume seller since day 1 (around 2,500 units per year for the last few years) vs the C class which averages around 10,000 units per year for the last few years.
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booblehead wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 10:56 am
I guess we will have to see. I don't think MB will be seeing this A class to take over the volume mover of a C class. Certainly, the B class is a low volume seller since day 1 (around 2,500 units per year for the last few years) vs the C class which averages around 10,000 units per year for the last few years.
Even If they price this A class in the 40k starting, that's pretty much a C class - NOT AN ENTRY LEVEL. And C class has a much better engine, minus the fancy cabin on A class.
And if I have to pay the same price, I'll go with C class. My bet is on C class with updated cabin to a similar one on A class in the next gen or 2.
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konsensei wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 10:13 am
I don't see much drastic differences. Maybe in the $3000 - $5000 CAD, it's not going to go from 30k GBP to 35k CAD
Why wouldn't it? There really is no correlation between Euro pricing and Canadian pricing. Even USA to CAD pricing is all over the map. It all depends on how MB decided to package it here.
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Apr 18th, 2018 11:05 am
Even If they price this A class in the 40k starting, that's pretty much a C class - NOT AN ENTRY LEVEL. And C class has a much better engine, minus the fancy cabin on A class.
And if I have to pay the same price, I'll go with C class. My bet is on C class with updated cabin to a similar one on A class in the next gen or 2.
A class and C lass will not be the same price. Right base price of the C class is $45k and it comes with nothing. Usually by the time you add the typical packages most people need in this segment you're at $60,000 for C300 and $70,000-$75,000 for C43.
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aleks wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 11:07 am
Why wouldn't it? There really is no correlation between Euro pricing and Canadian pricing. Even USA to CAD pricing is all over the map. It all depends on how MB decided to package it here.
give an example of cars being priced with more than 5k difference
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So, I guess the question is, is the B-class going to disappear at $35k and the A move in or is the A going to undercut the B and make the B sales disappear? Either way, I think it'll be a hard sell at $40k+.
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konsensei wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 11:10 am
give an example of cars being priced with more than 5k difference
There are tons of examples. Just a quick look on Honda UK website for example. Honda Civic Type R is 34,000 GBP in white, GT trim. That converts to $60,000 CA. Civic Type R is $41,900 here.
Typically North American vehicle pricing is much lower than European. Check out prices of cars in Norway for example. Run of the mill cars that aren't electrified cost close to $100k there.
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aleks wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 11:18 am
There are tons of examples. Just a quick look on Honda UK website for example. Honda Civic Type R is 34,000 GBP in white, GT trim. That converts to $60,000 CA. Civic Type R is $41,900 here.
Typically North American vehicle pricing is much lower than European. Check out prices of cars in Norway for example. Run of the mill cars that aren't electrified cost close to $100k there.
That's an unfair example lol. There's a huge reason why places like Norway/Sweden etc... have insane high priced ICE'd vehicles. Also, good luck getting MSRP for a NEW Type R. But your point is valid.
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aleks wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 11:18 am
There are tons of examples. Just a quick look on Honda UK website for example. Honda Civic Type R is 34,000 GBP in white, GT trim. That converts to $60,000 CA. Civic Type R is $41,900 here.
Typically North American vehicle pricing is much lower than European. Check out prices of cars in Norway for example. Run of the mill cars that aren't electrified cost close to $100k there.
If that is the case by your words, I should expect this A class to be $32k CAD?
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koffey wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 11:27 am
That's an unfair example lol. There's a huge reason why places like Norway/Sweden etc... have insane high priced ICE'd vehicles. Also, good luck getting MSRP for a NEW Type R. But your point is valid.
My friend just took delivery on one last week. He paid MSRP. Dealers here can't charge more than MSRP, unless they provide service or accessories, which he simply refused before they installed any.
konsensei wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 11:44 am
If that is the case by your words, I should expect this A class to be $32k CAD?
No one knows what it will cost yet. All I am saying prices in other countries count for very little. Golf R is another example. USA price is around $40k, Canadian price is $42k. Focus RS USA price is $44k while Canadian price is $59k. Can't predict much when a new car is coming.
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aleks wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 12:30 pm
My friend just took delivery on one last week. He paid MSRP. Dealers here can't charge more than MSRP, unless they provide service or accessories, which he simply refused before they installed any.

You 100% positive on that? I know there are some states in the US in which selling above is illegal, but never heard of it being law in Canada with the exception of absurdly over charging and in this case really, unfair practices but it doesn't say anything wrong about the $6000 markup other than crazy. To me that means there's a limit somewhere but it most likely isn't illegal to see above msrp.

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If I were in the market when this comes out, I will be def get this over the CLA or the GLA
At least the interior looks much cleaner and nice quality
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sandini_power wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 2:19 pm
If I were in the market when this comes out, I will be def get this over the CLA or the GLA
At least the interior looks much cleaner and nice quality
Yes, but the A class is a brand new designed and the GLA/CLA is a few years old model.
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MP3_SKY wrote:
Apr 18th, 2018 2:28 pm
Yes, but the A class is a brand new designed and the GLA/CLA is a few years old model.
Yea I really hope MB will get rid of the CLA/GLA and just stick with the A
I hope the A-class does well
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It ain't gonna fly if it's more expensive than the CLA

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