Saturday, January 03, 2009

Mercedes-Benz SLA Concept

Mercedes-Benz may be revisiting the 2000 Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA Concept, a 7 year old concept that portrayed a small, compact and fun two-seater roadster.

At that time the concept was to remain a concept because Mercedes-Benz had no economical way of building the car. Something as small as that would translate into a small price tag and small profit margins, and the A-Class and B-Class small car platform could not be used because of its sandwich construction, which meant it would be too tall to make something like a roadster.

Now that Mercedes-Benz is going for a new platform that’s much more flexible for the next generation A-Class and B-Class, it opens up new possibilities for something like the Vision SLA to be build. Going down the vehicle segments in terms of size seems to make the most sense right now even for premium carmakers.

Even BMW is said to be working on a Z2 roadster based on the 1-Series chassis which would end up being a head-on competitor to this new production SLA-Class. But still, for those who want to have a bit of fun during these troubled times, are there going to be many people willing to fork out for the “German luxury premium” on the car’s price tag when you can have all the qualities that make a good roadster in the Mazda MX-5?

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