BEIJING -- Mercedes-Benz aims to widen the brand's appeal to Chinese buyers with a long-wheelbase version of its latest A class.
Mercedes unveiled the A class L at the Beijing auto show on Tuesday. China is Mercedes' biggest single market and in the first quarter the brand was the top-selling luxury marque despite a surge in sales by Audi, last year's leader.
The A-class long-wheelbase sedan was developed in China specifically for the Chinese market where wealthier individuals are driven by chauffeurs. Its 110-inch wheelbase adds 2.4 inches over the standard sedan, boosting room in the rear of the cabin.
Mercedes will start sales of the car in China in the second half. The brand will launch the latest-generation A-class hatchback in Europe next month. A version of the sedan is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the autumn. The U.S. and China markets will get only the sedan body style.