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Auto Expo 2014: Mercedes-Benz unveils big attractions

Last Updated: Sunday, February 09, 2014, 13:21
 
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With almost all its products right from the A-Class to the S-Class including the spanking new CLA-Class and GLA-Class, the Mercedes-Benz stall shone with all its might.

The queue outside the Mercedes-Benz stall was huge and not without a reason. With starry unveils like the all-new compact SUV, the GLA-Class and the pocket rocket in the form of the CLA 45 AMG, people were making a beeline to cast their eyes on these beauties.

The reference European model of GLA-Class at the 12th Auto Expo is a compact luxury SUV that combines dynamic styling with clear benefits for recreational use and marks a new approach for Mercedes-Benz for this burgeoning segment in India.  The muscular and imposing appearance of the exterior is systematically continued into the interior. Expect a range of engine options which will make the GLA go head to head against the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.

For the performance minded, Mercedes-Benz India also unveiled the CLA 45 AMG. The expressive design idiom of the CLA has been enhanced by Mercedes-AMG with some characteristic AMG elements. A high-tech package which includes the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world as well as performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the CLA 45 AMG is definitely scarily fast. Powering the pocket rocket is an AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine, with a maximum output of 360 PS and up to 450 Newton metres of torque making it the  most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production anywhere in the world.

The performance coupe accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

And that’s not all. In a strategic move to expand its new special-protection variant vehicles to the SUV segment, Mercedes-Benz India unveiled the latest addition to the extensive Mercedes-Benz Guard family - the M-Guard. Common to all the Guard models, the armored version of the M-Class luxury SUV follows the brand-typical integrated special protection design principle.  

In spite of the increased weight caused by its armour, the M-Guard achieves the impressive ride comfort, great agility and extraordinary active safety of its series-production counterpart. The special-protection variant features as standard, an Airmatic air suspension system with Adaptive Damper System (ADS) specifically adapted to the vehicle's special protection features.

Stronger axle components compensate for the increased weight of the M-Guard superbly, Guard-specific torsion bars at the rear axle optimize roll behavior in fast curves and when taking evasive action. Apart from the specific ballistic tests carried out by the Ballistics Bureau in Ulm, the M-Guard has to pass a detailed test program just like its series-production counterparts. These trials mimic everyday operating conditions, exceeding these parameters by a large factor in many cases. The M-Guard is priced at Rs. 2.49 crore ex-showroom Delhi.


zeegnition.com/Abhishek Nigam

First Published: Sunday, February 09, 2014, 13:16


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Expo Schedule  
Date Business Hours Gen. Public Hours
5 Feb. Exclusively for Media -
6 Feb. Opening Ceremony -
7 Feb. 1000 Hrs - 1300 Hrs 1300 Hrs - 1800 Hrs
8 Feb. - 1000 Hrs - 1900 Hrs
9 Feb. - 1000 Hrs - 1900 Hrs
10 Feb. 000 Hrs - 1300 Hrs 1300 Hrs - 1800 Hrs
11 Feb. 000 Hrs - 1300 Hrs 1300 Hrs - 1800 Hrs
 
Exhibitors List  
Company
Ashok Leyland
Bajaj Auto Ltd
BMW India Pvt Ltd
Fiat Group Automobiles India Pvt Ltd
Ford India Pvt Ltd
General Motors India Pvt Ltd
H-D Motor Company India Pvt Ltd
Hero MotoCorp Ltd
Honda Cars India Ltd
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (P) Ltd
Hyundai Motor India Ltd
India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd
Isuzu Motors India Private Ltd
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
Mercedes-Benz India Pvt Ltd
Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd
Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd
Renault India Pvt Ltd
Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd
SML ISUZU Ltd
Suzuki Motorcycle India Ltd
Tata Motors Ltd
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd
Triumph Motorcycles (India) Pvt. Ltd.
TVS Motor Company Ltd
VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd
Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt Ltd
Access Matrix Technologies Pvt Ltd
Areion Motors
Audi India
Brandsquare Mkt Pvt Ltd (Sway, Changge)
Brain Programmers
Dilip Chhabria (DC Design)
DSK Motowheels Pvt. Ltd.
DYPDC
Excellon Software Pvt Ltd
Firefox Bikes Pvt Ltd
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd
Incadea India Pvt Ltd
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
JBM India
Lohia Auto Industries
Lovely Professional University
Mega Telematics Pvt Ltd
MIT Institute of Design
Paracoat Products Ltd.
Scania
Sehgal Elmoto Ltd
Shriram Automall India Ltd.
Terra Motor Technologies
UM India Pvt Lmt
Vardenchi Motorcycles
Yokohama India Pvt Ltd

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