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Production of the W168 A-Class began in 1997. It was also the first front wheel drive passenger car from Mercedes-Benz. Its front engine, front wheel drive layout was quite unusual for Mercedes. To date, about 1.6 million units have been sold worldwide.[1]

One innovation of the W168 was a frontal-impact absorption system called the "Sandwich" (see patents DE4326 9 and DE4400132 in the name of Mercedes-Benz). In the event of a violent frontal impact, the engine and transmission would slide underneath the floor below the pedals rather than entering the passenger compartment.

The W168 became infamous in 1997 after flipping over during the traditional "moose test" performed by the Swedish automobile publication Teknikens Värld. According to the report, the W168 overturned when maneuvering to avoid the "moose". Mercedes initially denied the problem, but then took the surprising step of recalling all units sold to date (2,600) and suspending distribution until the problem was solved by adding electronic stability control and modifying the suspension. This marked the world première of stability control in a small car.

A160 CDI (1998-2000): 50hp, 1.7L diesel
A160 CDI (2000): 74hp, 1.7L diesel
A170 CDI (1998-2000): 89hp, 1.7L diesel
A170 CDI (2000): 94hp, 1.7L diesel
A140: 80 hp, 1.4L petrol
A160: 101hp, 1.6L petrol
A190 (2000): 123hp, 1.9L petrol
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Production 1997–2004
Body style(s) 5-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
Platform Mercedes-Benz W168
Engine(s) 1.6L I4
1.7L I4
1.9L I4
2.1L I4
Wheelbase 2,423 mm (95.4 in)
Length 3,606 mm (142.0 in)
Width 1,719 mm (67.7 in)
Height 1,587 mm (62.5 in)
Just look at it.

Does anything else need to be said?

Fuck. No.
No OMG no. This is europe's version of the "I have served my balls on a silver platter to the devil himself so I can live a dead, empty life with no hope of sex or excitement ever again."
I once had the "pleasure" of 200 miles in the driver's seat. Horrible.
The only thing cool about this car:

I was waiting for someone to post an Elk test photo or video.
Mercedes Benz should make one of this cars hybrid or electric! It suites the size and the compact design of the car. With today's growing market on hybrid and electric powered vehicles, this car is the best integration.

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