The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a series of subcompact executive cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 2013. The first generation was a four-door fastback based on the platform of the W176 A-Class and W246 B-Class compact cars, marketed as a four-door coupé. In 2015, Mercedes-Benz expanded the CLA family to include the Shooting Brake, a station wagon configuration. As the V177 A-Class sedan took its place as the budget-conscious sedan, the second generation got longer and wider than the W205 C-Class.
The CLA is Mercedes-Benz’ first ever front-wheel drive sedan and the first front-wheel drive vehicle offered by the manufacturer in the U.S. market. The CLA range is positioned above the A-Class but below the C-Class in the Mercedes model range, and models tend to be less practical than the A-Class it is based on.
The CLA first went on sale in Europe in April 2013, and was subsequently introduced in the United States in September 2013.Its largest markets are Western Europe and the United States. Global cumulative CLA sales reached 100,000 during its first year, cited as “our best launch in 20 years” by Mercedes-Benz.Worldwide, Mercedes-Benz sold about 750,000 units of the first generation.