Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Last we heard, Mercedes-Benz was planning to bring its new A-Class to North America, a market where the current model has never been sold. But whether it makes the trek or not, there's little question that the new premium hatchback will be a vital product for Daimler.

While the current A-Class hasn't been a smashing success, the segment has grown into an important one for luxury automakers like Audi with its A3 and BMW with its 1 Series. The new model, however, aims to take a slice of that particular pie once it debuts as anticipated in production form at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in a couple of months from now.

We've already seen the A-Class in concept form, test-mule spy shots and even in production-ready patent renderings. Now Mercedes has released a video clip showing a prototype strutting its stuff on the open road, but instead of the usual body-cladding or shape-disguising camouflage, the German automaker has covered the mule in QR codes to enable the legions of smartphone-toting fans the opportunity to peer into the future of the premium hatchback. Check out the video clip after the jump for a closer look.