STUTTGART - In the rush to sensationalize the predicament of the A-class, the German auto magazine Auto Bild misled its readers.
In its 30 October issue, Auto Bild published photos of the A-class running on two wheels. It was widely reprinted.
However, Auto Bild altered the car to help it tip to its side. The Auto Bild testers fitted their car with 165/65 R15 tires except for the right rear, which was a larger 195/50 R16 tire that comes standard on the sportiest A-classes.
The unbalanced car helped the driver get the A-class to tip dramatically for the photographer, and the driver was able to keep it from actually rolling over.
Sources at Auto Bild said they had tipped the car similarly in an early test with four R16 tires when the photographer was not present, so the simulated test with the odd tire was not really a deceit.