Mercedes-Benz launches new A-Class production

Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012
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Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche (R) and Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard (L), Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, pose for the media with the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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Employees work at the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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An employee works at the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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An employee works at the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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An employee mounts a Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz emblem to the back of the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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The new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car sits on the production line at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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Employees work at the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz emblems stand ready for attachment to the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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The new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car sits on the production line at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
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An employee works at the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz passenger car at the Mercedes-Benz factory on July 16, 2012 in Rastatt, Germany. Mercedes is struggling with difficult market conditions in Europe yet expects to achieve record global sales for the year on the heels of selling 652,924 cars in the first six months of 2012. (Getty Images)
Tue 17 Jul 2012 10:35 AM