Success For A-Class As Mercedes Benz Delivers Its 1000th Motability Car (2002)

Mercedes Benz A-Class
Mercedes Benz A-Class (2002)

Mercedes Benz has delivered its 1000th Motability fleet vehicle, marking two years of success with Britain’s largest fleet operator. Motability offers disabled motorists a cost-effective way of owning a new car, and can even fit vehicles with specialist controls.

The milestone was reached by Mansfield retailer B&K Thomas Ltd, whose Motability Specialist Neil Stewart handed over the vehicle – an A 140 L Classic - to new owners Roy Chapman and Gillian Selby.

The Mercedes Benz A-Class has proved remarkably successful with Motability customers. Thanks to its innovative sandwich floor concept that places mechanical components between two platforms, occupants sit some 20 cm higher than in a conventional car. This higher seating position means drivers and passengers with limited mobility have easier access than they would normally.

Roy Chapman is delighted with his new car, and said: "My A-Class gives me everything I will ever need in a car. It’s very easy to get into, drives brilliantly, and the long wheelbase makes it extremely practical. When we were shopping around to replace our previous vehicle we didn’t think of a Mercedes Benz initially, as we thought it would cost too much. However, the price was extremely competitive and the car fits the bill perfectly."

As well as being a popular choice for Motability customers, an A-Class has been ordered in Mercedes Benz’s first deal with the SAGA Car Direct programme, for motorists over 50 years old. The A 170 CDI L Elegance was ordered through Chelmsford Mercedes Benz retailer Waterhouse Ltd.

Motability and SAGA customers can order cars from any one of the current 55 approved Mercedes Benz specialist dealerships.

Published : 22/01/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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