The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, central Hungary, has started production of its new A-Class executive car. This makes the Hungarian plant the second location worldwide to produce the new compact model.
Production of the new A-Class started recently at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt, Germany. This was the initial spark for production of the new compact car generation in five plants on three continents, says a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
The new A-Class is the first model in the fourth generation of compact cars, and replaces the preceding model produced since 2012. The family of compact cars currently comprises five models: A-Class, B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, and GLA. The new compact car family is to be expanded to a total of eight models.
For the new compact car generation, a new body-in-white shop covering an area of 99,000 square meters was built at the Kecskemét plant. As part of the total investment, there were also upgrades to the existing plant, with new robots for surface treatment installed.
The new A-Class celebrated its world premiere on February 2, 2018, and was presented to a wide audience for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It has been available for order since then, and had its market launch in Europe at the beginning of May.
The new A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to feature the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system, a unique feature of which is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence, the press release explains, adding that MBUX can be customized if desired.