Mercedes Confirms GLA A-Class Based Crossover

During the media event marking the start of production for the new A-Class five-door in Germany, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche made an official saying the third model to be built at Rastatt after the A- and B-Class will be a subcompact crossover based on the same platform.
Mercedes Benz GLA 1 photo
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According to previous reports, the A-Class SUB will be called the GLA, and thankfully we have a rendering of what this will likely look like. This is the new naming system from the German automaker, where all off-roaders will start with “GL”, the “A” indicating this is the smallest of the bunch.

Mercedes will invest another €600 million ($730 million) in 2012 and 2013, which will go towards another major expansion.

"Demand for our premium compact cars is so strong that we are going to introduce a third assembly shift in October 2012", said Peter Wesp, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant.

A couple of months ago, Mercedes Said that another derivative of the same platform, the CLA four-door coupe, will be built in Hungary.
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