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Sub-30k Mercedes no more as 2015 CLA gets a $1,600 price hike.
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By: Andreas Tsaousis
December 17, 2014


The CLA compact saloon was a runaway hit in the US, with Mercedes-Benz USA boss Steve Cannon acknowledging that “this is the best launch in 20 years; it has been a phenomenal success right out of the gate”.

Making hay of the fact that the CLA was the first Merc to drop under the US$30,000 mark, with an MSRP of US$29,900 excluding delivery, its average stay in the dealerships’ courtyard is less than 10 days, compared to the industry average of 60. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said that, if the inventory was sufficient, “we could have sold twice as many”.

There’s a flipside to that coin: if there’s such a high demand, why not make an extra buck by increasing the price a bit? Thus, the sub-30k Merc is no more as the base 2015 CLA 250 starts from US$31,500, which rises to US$32,425 when you add the destination charge.

Sure, it’s still a nice price for a premium compact saloon (or is it four-door coupe?) with 208hp and the three-pointed star at its grille but, nonetheless, it is US$1,600 up from the 2014 model.
 

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This is coming from a huge Mercedes-Benz fan:

They can price this car at $19,995 and I still wouldn't buy it. The car itself is so terrible and mediocre it's not even funny. The CLA shouldn't exist and is only going to harm the Mercedes-Benz name IMHO.
 

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I finally saw one in the wild yesterday. Guy driving it, no ****, had on a Polo with a popped collar.

It looks better than I thought it would but the roof line throws everything off.
 

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If it is so bad, then why is it flying off the lots?
It's a cheap Mercedes.....

You don't have to say which one it is. To the uninformed it's still a Mercedes.
 
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According to reports I read its not reliable at all. Also uses very cheap materials. More like a cruze or focus. The verano is much nicer inside as well as the Regal.

Its selling because people can say hey I bought a new Mercedes, just like when they had the 2 door hatch that was a joke also.

Just because it say Mercedes doesn't make it a luxury car.
 

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The CLA demonstrates the prestige and values of the brand and sells based on that brand prestige and brand values rather than on it's own merits.

Only brands that have already established brand prestige and brand values over many decades can do that.

Mercedes-Benz had a poor decade, quality-wise from the mid-90s to the mid-00s, but the brand itself rode that difficult period.
 

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According to reports I read its not reliable at all. Also uses very cheap materials. More like a cruze or focus. The verano is much nicer inside as well as the Regal.

Its selling because people can say hey I bought a new Mercedes, just like when they had the 2 door hatch that was a joke also.

Just because it say Mercedes doesn't make it a luxury car.
Having been in all the vehicles you mentioned, saying the Verano is "much" nicer and the materials are closer to a Focus is pure exaggeration. The truth is Audi does the small car thing better with the A3 and I hope Mercedes takes note for the next generation CLA.

That being said, springing for the leather package that includes upgraded dash materials should be a must for this car. The ride completely sucks with the sport package...and the extra suspension travel must be why the GLA is receiving significantly better reviews despite being essentially the same car.
 
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