The Mercedes-Benz A-Class wowed us at the Geneva Motor Show with its handsome styling and luxe interior fitment, so much so that we wondered aloud if this is the new family of small cars that Daimler has promised the U.S. market for 2013. According to a firsthand tip, the A-Class has already made a trip to Hollywood for a close-up. Taking advantage of the well-established motion picture industry, Mercedes-Benz sent its small wonder to Los Angeles for a 5-day working vacation to shoot a commercial.

Camera department pro Nic Restrepo tells Autoblog:

"This is such an awesome car! WAY nicer and better looking than its competition (A3...). This AMG-badged model had all the big Benz amenities; Self Park assist, lane departure, blind spot warning, Alcantara covered racing seats, dual clutch trans etc. The interior on this thing is head and shoulders above ANY compact I've ever worked with. The dash has this beautiful carbon fiber cloth that's soft to the touch like suede, and it's layed on like a fabric, feels like a pillow...a carbon fiber pillow."

It looked great while being chased around by the Pursuit Systems ML63, and the A-Class made a good impression with the driver hired to fling the car around for the shoot. All who laid eyes upon the car seem to agree with our impression from the show floor, that there's a lot of big-Benz nice packed into an exciting small package. Disappointingly, though, the little Benz's corporate minders told the crew that the car is not headed to the U.S. Whether that's a ruse or the truth, we'll soon find out as Mercedes still has a couple tricks up its sleeve as the auto show season winds down.


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      David J. Bernstein
      • 3 Years Ago
      No! No! God damn no! Why are we not getting this awesome car? WHY!?!?!? This car looks like so much fun! It's stylish and has some serious youth appeal in my eyes. I've said it before but if MB brought it over and offered a manual transmission in it this thing looks like a blast to drive! Man there are no good looking choices in our luxury compact market. Why are we stuck with the boring Lexus CT200h and ugly BMW 1 series? If the A class ain't coming over at least we'll still have the A3. It might not be as stylish but visually it's far more appealing (because of its cleaner styling) than the BMW and the awful looking Lexus. MB if you're reading this, PLEASE BRING THIS CAR OVER! I guarantee you there is a market for it, especially since it looks so good and has a well known prestige badge up front! It's a winner!!
      TheLeadFoot
      • 3 Years Ago
      I mean how old is the current A3? 6 or 7 years old? It can't seriously be shocking to anyone that the just released A-Class is better than the A3? That's an apples to oranges comparison if you ask me.
      wave9x
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was never much of an Mercedes fan, but this is looking nicer and nicer every day. I was waiting for the new A3, but now that it has been announced, I find it almost looks like a Golf, and the hatchback isn't coming to the US anyway. The new A-class could convert me to Mercedes (if they bring it to the US).
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another poor mans Benz for the wannabe baller crowd...ughh I can see the lame sunglasses and smell the cheap colgne and perfume already.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AMG THIS
        If you don't want people driving the same make vehicle as yours then maybe you should have bought something a little more exclusive. I don't see many Maybachs around. Or are you just a wannabe with cheap cologne compared to a Maybach owner?
      Marcello
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please Mercedes, sell this car in the USA!
      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry. I would still rather have an A3 and am not convinced the A-class will be nicer than the new and up coming A3. Daimler has a poor history with small cars despite innovative engineering.
        AMG THIS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        Daimler DOES have a poor history with small cars. What they have been advertising here is the AMG styled top end A-class that will cost $43,000. Wait until you see the de-contented, hard plastic interior, hub cap equipped, 101 HP overpriced by $20 grand $38,000 POS that actually shows up at your dealership. Then come back and post about how great it is...LOL
        Spellchecker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        "Daimler has a poor history with small cars despite innovative engineering." Huh? Maybe you should drive them first before commenting. I worked at a Mercedes dealership in 2005 (in Germany) and I drove all W169 and W245 A and B-Classes (except the A200 Turbo). They're fun little cars that are both spacious, practical and efficient and their engines were surprisingly refined. The A-Class was sporty and handled well, the B-Class was softer and more comfortable. The original A-Class (W168) was junk. I drove them to, they were agile and handled quite well, but you could see the cost cutting all over the place (cheaper interior etc.). The successor model (W169) was a quality car inside and out. Both the A-Class and B-Class never truly competed with the Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series since they were basically MPVs.
      withsixappeal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do you idiots not read your own articles? The A-Class has been confirmed for U.S. sale and arrives in early 2014. "The crew" was probably told it was Euro-spec.
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to hear, for once, the real reasons why a perfectly suitable and saleable car won't be sold in the US, especially when there is a dealer network of an established company in place to move it. How much could the costs really be to get the car legal for sale here when divided up over the 50,000 cars they'd likely move over a couple or 3 years? Damn, it is so frustrating. Tell us how much it would cost to bring it over and why that is too much to justify! I'd like to know, I think the rest of us do too.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      The previous A class was sold here in Canada, i'm sure the new one will too...I hope.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        SatinSheetMetal
        • 2 Years Ago
        I recently moved for my job to the UK and I laugh everytime I see the current A-class. It really does spoil my image of MB. http://www2.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedkingdom/mpc/mpc_unitedkingdom_website/en/home_mpc/passengercars/home/new_cars/models/a-class/_w169/configurator/configurator_w169.html?tp_ccci=/dsc_gb/globalsessionid/DSC_gb3F60696C7F316D68FF0B060154060300/dsc_locale/en_GB/appId/DSC_gb/siteLocale/en_GB/P3501ViewBean.jam1%3bjsessionid=0000y3N6DIh3D6UBMzvp8SQjn1z:1514kujah#_int_passengercars:home:model-navi:configurator_w169
      robespierex
      • 3 Years Ago
      As someone looking for a possible upgrade from my GTI, I would really like to see this car make it to NA. Times have changed MB- hatchbacks are everywhere here now. Not the stigma it used to be.
      dogbolter
      • 3 Years Ago
      I too was in the market for the new A3. Then Audi announced that we will not be getting the sportback, this is the perfect substitute. The love the look of this car and hopefully someone in MBUSA will have the balls to bring it over.
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