• Dec 5, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Mercedes-Benz SLA Concept

Rumors that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class may come to America have been swirling around for years. The question revolves around whether or not the car is consistent with the image in the U.S. that MB has worked so hard to cultivate for years. As an economy car, the A-Class clashes with the rest of the brand's upscale line-up and doesn't seem appropriate to put in the same dealership where upper-crusters are shopping for the latest S-Class. One possible remedy could be reducing the number of seats and the losing the car's top, an idea first broached by the SLA Concept (above) that debuted in 2000. A roadster would make sense for the German automaker, as BMW, its main rival, is rumored to be thinking hard about launching a similarly-small Z2 roadster based on its 1 Series platform. Although production plans have already been considered, no decisions have been made. The next redesign of the A- and B-Class from Mercedes is scheduled for 2012, so there's still plenty of time to get it all sorted.


[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      CHANGE THE DESIGN!!!!!

      Seriously, that thing is fugly. As for the concept, sure, why not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait.... the strut bearing plate has become a visual design feature? One more question, WHY?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's like a small, French car company from the mid 90's has snuck a few Mercedes badges on one of their more "whimsical" concept cars. This is almost as bad as the SLR.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's pretty much two ways for BMW and MB to look at small cars in the US

      1. Less expensive extras and more of an entry point into the Brand for those that need an everyday car.

      2. More expensive, more features, less practical for multiple uses, keeps up brand image.

      They unfortunately keep missing the boat on these smaller cars. They *could* be an excellent brand starter car for families strapped for cash if they were 4 door sedans or 5 door hatches. MB came close with the B series that never made it. Instead, we have 2 door coupes and convertibles that are more or less a car for a single person, or a second car, neither of which is entirely practical for someone thinking of buying a car in this economy.

      While the Audi A3 doesn't sell giant numbers, it's more of a practical do-it-all car that can be the sole car for a family before they can afford those coupes,convertibles,etc.

      I was hoping BMW would learn after that 2 door monstrosity in the 90s, but we have yet to see the 5 door 1 series statesite (love it or hate it, it's a good starter all around car for a BMW).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks great, actually. Love MB designs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i love it too actually. I loved it when it came out (the concept) and eight years later we STILL don't have cars that look that cool... I'd drive that every day for the rest of my life!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Out of curiosity, do you live someplace they've legalized weed? Or is has your drinking water been tested for moonshine?
      • 6 Years Ago
      ROFL
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why has that thing never been a batmobile??
        • 6 Years Ago
        And Bruce Wayne ain't a young female blonde lawyer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Last time I checked Batman is not a fruit-cake...
      • 6 Years Ago
      why not market the bloody thing as a new smart roadster?
      • 6 Years Ago
      little go-cart
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's up with the "Proboscis Monkey" design language being used on all the new small Mercedes roadsters?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I respect Miata enthusiasts and I want to make that clear...

      ...but this is even gayer than a Miata...
      • 6 Years Ago
      okay..after seeing this car..ive lost a lot of respect for
      mercedes..really..what the heck is this little dinky thing anyway?
      they trying to keep a SLK look or party SLR..cmon its gross..XP

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