SAO PAULO – When the A-Class car debuted in Brazil in 1999, Mercedes-Benz expected to sell 70,000 units annually. But the A-Class, produced in Juiz de Fora Minas Gerais, sold only12,000 units in 2000, dropping to 670 units per month in 2001. A new model – the A Class 190 Avantgarde – scheduled for launch in July, has a new grille and new seat fabric. Mercedes hopes to sell 9,000 of the new model annually.

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