The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class will be made in China from late 2015. The GLA will be manufactured by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. The Mercedes-Benz GLA will compete head-to-head with the locally made Audi Q3 and BMW X1. The GLA will be available with 122hp or 156hp 1.6 turbo and a 211hp 2.0 turbo.
The GLA is currently not available in China. Imports will start in the second half of this year and will continue until local production starts. The Beijing-Benz joint venture also makes the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class L, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK.
Spy Shots of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class L testing in China, seen here in a car wash, because even test cars needs to be clean, no matter how camouflaged. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class L is a stretched variant of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-class, it will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show next month.
New spy shots of the stretched Mercedes-Benz C-Class in China. Wheelbase will be extended by 100 millimeter for more legroom in the back. The stretched C, likely to be called ‘C Class L’, will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and launch on the China car market in the second half of this year.
A very sleazy Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, Spotted in China on a parking lot near the Solana shopping mall. The good Mercedes was wrapped in an interesting poo-poo brown wrap, and further sexed up by a darkened windows and a shitload of Brabus stuff; including a black-triple bar grille, racy matte black 5-spoke alloys, and Brabus badges.
Very good car sales for Mercedes-Benz in China in November. The company reported a plus of 26% year-on-year to 21.277 units. Mercedes sales are still lagging far behind Audi and BMW in the biggest car market in the world, but recent gains show great promise. Mercedes-Benz is helped by popular new models such as the China-made E-Class-L, the new S-Class, and the A & B Class that are doing unexpectedly well in China.
Daimler AG has completed to purchase of 12% of BAIC Motor, the passenger car unit of Beijing Automotive Corporation (BAIC). The two companies also agreed that BAIC will increase its stake in the Beijing-Benz joint venture by 1 percent to 51 percent to consolidate the joint venture within BAIC ahead of its IPO. At the same time, Daimler will increase its share in the newly integrated sales joint venture Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co by 1 percent to 51 percent.