It is common knowledge that making cars is an expensive process, and a time-taking one with very little room for error. With product lifecycles (PLC) squeezing year-on-year, manufacturers are being forced to launch new models so as to keep customers happy. This practice, nonetheless, isn't profitable yet in the present scenario. The best solution than is to create a platform, which can underpin multiple body styles, keeping cost low, while making the customer realise he's driving something entirely different from other cars of the same brand.
One such example is the new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, which is based on the MFA (Modular Front Architecture) platform, a front-wheel drive platform, which also underpins the A-Class, B-Class and GLA-Class. The GLA and CLA have AMG variants too! We recently drove the CLA200 and here's our detailed report.
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