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A cheaper Mercedes on the cards?

Last updated on: November 10, 2010 11:02 IST

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Many covet to have the three pointed star on the bonnet of their cars.

A few actually get it and the rest watch in envy.

The three-pointed-star on the Mercedes bonnet can now be in your garage for much lesser price than you ever imagined.

What we are talking about here is not a per-owned Mercedes but a brand new one.

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According to media reports Mercedes is planning to bring cars with the front-wheel-drive format to the country.

The platform is known as the Mercedes Front Wheel Drive Architecture (MFA) and would include cars with alternative powertrains.

Apart from the A- and B- categories the company would consider bringing saloons, mini-SUVs and sports SLA to the Indian market.

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On the alternate energy front Mercedes has strategic partners like Renault and Nissan that will play a major role in developing the alternate energy powered vehicles by Mercedes like the hybrids and electric vehicles.

The company plans to make these cars great performers and very fuel efficient.

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There isn't much information available on the MFA cars by Mercedes yet.

But the cars are being expected to have a lot of design elements from the F 800 concept model.

The car is being hailed as radical looking with the AMG style grill and organic design cues.

The model is sure to be a treat to the eyes.

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At present there is a team of about 400 engineers deployed on the pre-development and development activities at Mercedes India.

These people are working on variants for A- and B- class of cars for the front wheel drive platform.

Mercedes is also planning to follow up the compact saloon with a mini-SUV soon.

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To make the most of cheap labour and cut costs Mercedes will be coming up with a mother plant in Hungary.

Despite all the cost cutting measures that Mercedes might deploy there would be no compromise with the quality of the car.

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