• Mar 15th 2011 at 2:00PM
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Mercedes-Benz has already announced big plans for its compact A-Class and B-Class vehicles. The platform that underpins these small cars will also form the base of a compact SUV and a four-door coupe, and according to a report from Automotive News' European bureau, three more A-Class variants could be in the works.

During a phone interview with AN, Mercedes-Benz marketing chief Joachim Schmidt revealed that the luxury carmaker is mulling shooting brake, convertible and three-door versions of the next-gen A-Class. Such a move would no-doubt aid MB in its quest to win buyers in the budding luxury compact segment. At the same time, a comprehensive lineup of A- and B-Class variants could also help the German automaker reach ever-tightening European CO2 standards.

Schmidt stresses that the automaker hasn't made any final decisions regarding these potential A-Class variants. The first B-Class is scheduled to be released to the European market by the end of 2011.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is just sleek and badass for an A-class!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the design... This is probably one of the FEW good looking compact cars. The wheels are overkill, but even 20" wheels on a compact would be cool..... Though, that's probably overkill as well...

      I'd take Mercedes style and 20" wheels in a compact car if I was going to buy a luxury compact car.

      Ha... Luxury compact car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't all these ridiculous spawns from every single platform prove that cars are so insanely overpriced? They can't possibly be as expensive to make as we have been lead to believe if MERCEDES-BENZ is going to be selling about 20-25 different types of vehicles. It's all about market saturation, and they won't start investing in anything worthwhile, like improved engine technology, until they're forced to by market forces. Quit buying this crap, it's such a joke.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You need to remember that in Europe MB is the equivalent of Ford. MB here has an well crafted luxo image (high priced "luxury") . In Europe most of their cars are just another car on the market against Puegot, Citroen, BMW and the Japanese.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm confused. There was a 3-door A-Class when the 2nd generation was introduced in 2004, up until late last year. If there was good reason to drop it last year, why is there a good reason to re-introduce it with the next generation?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they make it stateside, it maybe only the AMG versions because they still want to keep the premium upscale image and just to have a car that competes directly against the 1-series..