The Mercedes-Benz Vision A concept which was unveiled
at the 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show was a revolutionary design
for a company more accustomed to producing luxury barges
for wealthy clients.
The Vision A was designed to ready the public for a new
range of more affordable Mercedes-Benz models.
The car itself was a triumph of packaging. At just 3.1
meters long - slightly larger than the original MINI -
the Vision A was incredibly compact from the outside.
However on the inside it offered a similar amount of room
as the Mercedes E-Class!
The Mercedes Vision A wasn't a pretty car however, and
this was partly due to the problems associated with trying
to jam in all the luxuries Mercedes owners are used to,
into a significantly smaller vehicle. It had a high roofline
and boxy lines designed to maximize interior space.
The interior of the Vision A could be configured in a
variety of manners, and the rear seats could be completely
removed to offer more cargo space.
The Mercedes Vision A was powered by a hybrid drivetrain
which was made up from a 75 horsepower 1.2 litre engine
working in conjunction with a 54 horsepower electric motor.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision A concept eventually led to Mercedes
producing the A-Class production car starting in 1998.
This popular vehicle offered Mercedes ownership but at
a fraction of the price. The A-Class is also far better
suited to city driving than its larger brothers.
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Mercedes Mojave Runner
Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind
Mercedes Ocean Drive
Mercedes F 700