A 160
  • Design name
    W 168 E 16
  • Type
    168.033
  • Production period
    10.1996 / 09.1997 - 03.2001
  • Note on production period
    production start-up pre-production series / standard production - end of production
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, volcano red metallic (483), equipment line Elegance, Brussels fabric in brick red (507). This line included features such as painted mirror housings, two-tone tail light lenses and chrome highlights in the door handles.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997 version, from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt/Germany. 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, ocean blue metallic (933), equipment line Classic. Various light-alloy wheels were available as special equipment or from the Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories range.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, testing the PRE-SAFE® Brake in the driving simulator, Berlin/Germany, 1996. Simulations included slalom and crosswind tests plus normal driving on country roads.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168, testing
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168. Airflow analyses in the wind tunnel at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim/Germany in 1996, usually with the help of smoke traces.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, crash tests, 1996. The A-Class meets all current and future safety requirements for a frontal and side impact. It absolved an extensive test programme in just 32 months. The engineers conducted more than 50 crash tests with prototypes and pre-series models, so as to optimise the safety concept. The result: The A-Class meets the future legal requirements for side impacts as well as the EU requirements for frontal impact valid from 1998. The occupants of the A-Class were also very well protected in an impact with a larger vehicle. It met all internal Mercedes-Benz safety criteria, which were far more stringent than the statutory requirements. The extensive development programme also included the offset crash into larger and heavier vehicles.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168, safety
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, crash tests, 1996. The A-Class meets all current and future safety requirements for a frontal and side impact. It absolved an extensive test programme in just 32 months. The engineers conducted more than 50 crash tests with prototypes and pre-series models, so as to optimise the safety concept. The result: The A-Class meets the future legal requirements for side impacts as well as the EU requirements for frontal impact valid from 1998. The occupants of the A-Class were also very well protected in an impact with a larger vehicle. It met all internal Mercedes-Benz safety criteria, which were far more stringent than the statutory requirements. The extensive development programme also included the offset crash into larger and heavier vehicles.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168, safety
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997 version, from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt/Germany. 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, ocean blue metallic (933), equipment line Classic. Various light-alloy wheels were available as special equipment or from the Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories range.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997 version, from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt/Germany. 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, ocean blue metallic (933), equipment line Classic. Various light-alloy wheels were available as special equipment or from the Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories range.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997 version, from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt/Germany. 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, ocean blue metallic (933), equipment line Classic. Various light-alloy wheels were available as special equipment or from the Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories range.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, equipment line Classic, 1997 version, from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt/Germany. Left: A 160, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, ocean blue metallic (933). Right: A 140, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1397 cc, 60 kW/82 hp, ember red (594). Various light-alloy wheels were available as special equipment or from the Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories range.
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A 140, A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Classic, interior Ghent fabric in brick red (007). The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable. The boot could accommodate the holiday luggage of a family. The rear seats weighed a maximum of only 22.5 kilograms and could be removed in a few easy steps.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Classic, interior Ghent fabric in brick red (007). The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable. The boot could accommodate the holiday luggage of a family. The rear seats weighed a maximum of only 22.5 kilograms and could be removed in a few easy steps.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, design. The first sketches already suggested how the design team proposed to approach the design task. The design process began with many futuristic-looking design drawings of the exterior and interior as the basis for subsequent plasticine or clay models, as well as digital representations for visual comparisons. 1:5 models by different designers entered the formal final selection stage.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168, design
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, design. The first sketches already suggested how the design team proposed to approach the design task. The design process began with many futuristic-looking design drawings of the exterior and interior as the basis for subsequent plasticine or clay models, as well as digital representations for visual comparisons. 1:5 models by different designers entered the formal final selection stage.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168, design
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1996. The engineers used the very latest dynamic test benches to test the suspension.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168, testing
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, diagram. The front axle was designed on the McPherson principle. An excellent solution with respect to installation space, kinematics and weight. Print number P33.00-0261-50/01.97, January 1997.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Classic, interior Ghent fabric in brick red (007). The seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Classic, interior Ghent fabric in brick red (007). The seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Classic, interior Ghent fabric in brick red (007). The seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, bodyshell concept and safety structure. The short front section of the A-Class was compensated by the sandwich concept. The transversely installed power unit was inclined forwards so that in a collision, it was able to slide along the inclined pedal floor panel and under the vehicle floor, which was raised by 200 millimetres. The high strength of the passenger cell was due to the grid-like supporting structure welded to the floor below it.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168, safety
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Avantgarde, Rotterdam fabric (608). Seats with fabric/leather upholstery accentuate the dynamic character of this model variant.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Avantgarde, Rotterdam fabric (608).
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Avantgarde, Rotterdam fabric (608). Close-up of the grey leather shift lever inlay for the standard 5-speed manual transmission.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, volcano red metallic (483), equipment line Elegance, Brussels fabric in brick red (507). This line included features such as painted mirror housings, bichromatic tail light lenses and chrome inserts in the door handles.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, volcano red metallic (483), equipment line Elegance, Brussels fabric in brick red (507). This line included features such as painted mirror housings, bichromatic tail light lenses and chrome inserts in the door handles.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997. The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable. The boot could accommodate the holiday luggage of a family. The rear seats weighed a maximum of only 22.5 kilograms and could be removed in a few easy steps.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, equipment line Classic, interior Ghent fabric in blue violet (006). The design of the instrument panel with the new three-spoke steering wheel (diameter 370 millimetres) incorporated the latest ergonomic findings. The controls were easily accessible to the driver or front passenger. The needles of the speedometer, rev counter and fuel gauge only became visible when the ignition was switched on, and were transparent. The information on the centrally positioned multi-information display was therefore visible at all times. The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, equipment line Classic, interior Ghent fabric in blue violet (006). The design of the instrument panel with the new three-spoke steering wheel (diameter 370 millimetres) incorporated the latest ergonomic findings. The controls were easily accessible to the driver or front passenger. The needles of the speedometer, rev counter and fuel gauge only became visible when the ignition was switched on, and were transparent. The information on the centrally positioned multi-information display was therefore visible at all times. The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, equipment line Classic, interior Ghent fabric in blue violet (006). The design of the instrument panel with the new three-spoke steering wheel (diameter 370 millimetres) incorporated the latest ergonomic findings. The controls were easily accessible to the driver or front passenger. The needles of the speedometer, rev counter and fuel gauge only became visible when the ignition was switched on, and were transparent. The information on the centrally positioned multi-information display was therefore visible at all times. The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, equipment line Avantgarde, interior Rotterdam (608). Steering wheel with leather rim, gearshift lever strut in grey leather, instrument cluster with light-coloured dial face, instrument panel trim panels with single-tone soft finish. The slate-grey facings on the instrument panel and seats with fabric/leather upholstery accentuated the dynamic character of this model variant. The innovative seating allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable. Special equipment shown here: Air conditioner with activated charcoal filter (Code 580).
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, equipment line Avantgarde, interior Rotterdam (608). Steering wheel with leather rim, gearshift lever strut in grey leather, instrument cluster with light-coloured dial face, instrument panel trim panels with single-tone soft finish. The slate-grey facings on the instrument panel and seats with fabric/leather upholstery accentuated the dynamic character of this model variant. The innovative seating allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable. Special equipment shown here: Air conditioner with activated charcoal filter (Code 580).
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, equipment line Avantgarde, interior Rotterdam (608). Steering wheel with leather rim, gearshift lever strut in grey leather, instrument cluster with light-coloured dial face, instrument panel trim panels with single-tone soft finish. The slate-grey facings on the instrument panel and seats with fabric/leather upholstery accentuated the dynamic character of this model variant. The innovative seating allowed a total of 72 variations, making the interior extremely variable.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706). The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, the rear seat unit alone allowing 36 variations, making the interior extremely variable. The boot could accommodate the holiday luggage of a family.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706). The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, the rear seat unit alone allowing 36 variations, making the interior extremely variable. The boot could accommodate the holiday luggage of a family.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706). The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, the rear seat unit alone allowing 36 variations, making the interior extremely variable. The boot could accommodate the holiday luggage of a family.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997, moonlight silver metallic (706). The innovative seating of the A-Class allowed a total of 72 variations, the rear seat unit alone allowing 36 variations, making the interior extremely variable. The boot could accommodate the holiday luggage of a family.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, model series 168, 1997 version, with Helmut Petri.
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A-Class, Saloon - W 168, Helmut Petri
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, volcano red metallic (483), equipment line Elegance, Brussels fabric in brick red (507). This line included 5.5-inch light-alloy wheels, radiator shell in the vehicle colour, painted mirror housings, chrome inserts in the door handles and two-tone tail light lenses.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, volcano red metallic (483), equipment line Elegance, Brussels fabric in brick red (507). This line included 5.5-inch light-alloy wheels, radiator shell in the vehicle colour, painted mirror housings, chrome inserts in the door handles and two-tone tail light lenses.
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
Mercedes-Benz A 160, model series 168, 1997, 4-cylinder petrol engine M 166, 1598 cc, 75 kW/102 hp, moonlight silver metallic (706), equipment line Avantgarde, Rotterdam fabric (608). Seen here with the lamella sliding sunroof (special equipment, Code 417).
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A 160, Saloon - W 168
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