• Apr 19th 2011 at 1:30PM
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2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept Shanghai Fail – Click above for high-res image

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Concept A appears to be, quite literally, all show and no go. At its big debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, the car eschewed its 200-horsepower BlueEfficiency powerplant in favor of a four-suitpower unit, courtesy of Mercedes brass. After a star-studded introduction, including a version of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes-Benz" by rapper David Banner and English pop singers Estelle and Daley, the car broke down before hitting the stage.

That made for a seriously awkward few seconds, as four Mercedes execs, dressed to the nines in designer suits, had to push the car onto the stage. That embarrassing spectacle put a bit of a damper on the hype surrounding the highly-anticipated premium compact.

The 2011 Concept A is likely to donate around 85 percent of its styling to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which is slated to debut next year. There's even talk of a 350-horsepower AMG version sometime thereafter. We have to admit we're excited to meet the all-new A-Class, but that's based on the assumption that it will move under its own power. Top tip, Pieter!

[Source: CDNLive | Image: Eric Gallina]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Travis RL
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how they keep using Joplin's "Mercedes-Benz" song even though it's really making fun of people who buy them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Travis RL
        Kinda like how they keep playing "Born in the USA" at gun shows and Tea Party rallies. You wonder if you should let 'em in on what the lyrics actually mean, or if it's just too much work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One measure of a car's propensity for fuel efficiency is low rolling resistance. A modern car of this size should be remarkably easy for one person to push on a smooth flat surface by one adult. The fact that 4 men look to be having some trouble concerns me. All cars occasionally stall, and one has a responsibility to move one's car out of traffic, even if you need to push it. By the way, I drive a 22 year old Mercedes, 1989 190E. It is heavy for its size as well!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Carbon neutral!
      • 4 Years Ago
      omg.it's awesome
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      "best or nothing". In this case, nothing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least it was a good zero-emissions demonstration. Unless those guys just ate and strained really hard, that is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You miss the point: This is the 24 hour roadside service! They even waer designer suits and they are uber strong, they''ll push you tothe nearest MB dealership. Wow! in suits.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least it looks like they're pushing it really fast
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ultimate Workout Machine?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Confucius say: "When in Lome, do as Lomans do..."
      • 4 Years Ago
      this wouldn't happen to a GM vehicle. Mercedes has a lot to learn from GM.
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