When we drove the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class earlier this year, we called it "likely the most important Mercedes-Benz passenger car since the old 190 turned into the C-Class "Baby Benz" back in 1993." And just like that car opened all kinds of new doors for The Three-Pointed Star, the A-Class looks to be doing the same. Autocar reports that pre-orders in Western Europe number 70,000, a figure that would represent a ten-percent conversion rate of potential customers invited to pre-launch events.

That would also make the third-generation A-Class the most successful car launch in Mercedes history, an auspicious start for a car with a heavy burden. The segment continues to expand and will be a key battleground, especially as both Mercedes and Audi plan on being the number one luxury carmaker by 2020, taking over from BMW. The uptake of the standard model bodes well for the fortunes of the CLA sedan and the utility variant to come.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a beautiful car, bring it here in hatch form and some diesel options and I will be very interested!
      Adam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I would order it without nav though because thieves would think its a massive tom tom and try to smash/grab it....
      Shiva Singh
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a bland interior. Makes me like the BMW M135i even more.
        Vinuuz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiva Singh
        Not exactly what I would call bland. In fact I would think it has more character than the 1 series (and definitely way more quality of build).
        drant22
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiva Singh
        The new M135i deserves to be burned at the stake, and I am a BMW fanboi. This car has more character that most hatches I've seen, and the spy shots of the AMG variant is quite possibly one of the best looking/performing hatches on the market, out of the showroom. Race-Inspired looks....no stick shift though "womp womp"
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiva Singh
        fortunately this is not embarrassingly ugly on the outside like the 1 series
      Duck
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was about to give a ****, until I realized this is completely irrelevant information as a 'Merican.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would happily drive this. It's the answer to the wasted-opportunity Lexus Ct200h and its whimpy hybrid engine. It's a timeless look that will age well right along with me.
        King of Eldorado
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dohc73
        I agree that the Ct200h is a bit wimpy, being slow without much payoff in fuel economy. As I see it, its chief advantage in the US market is that it arrived here in 5-door hatchback form, unlike the BMW 1 Series and, it seems likely, the A Class.
        Adam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dohc73
        "It's a timeless look that will age well right along with me." I see what you did there.... but on a serious note I wish we had a chance to buy this car it would be a great commuter or daily for the wife. And it looks much better than the A3 even though the little audi is a good looking car too.
      n.bob2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring that pretty car state side
        • 2 Years Ago
        @n.bob2
        [blocked]
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      FWD = will never buy.
      juanmj93
      • 2 Years Ago
      And it shares diesel engines with the Dacia Sandero!!!!
        Spellchecker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @juanmj93
        So? The Infiniti diesels in Europe have a Renault-designed-diesel engine. Renault has a long history of making solid engines and a successful history in motorsports. There's no argument here - they know how to make a great motor.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Neat car but the I don't know something about the back ain't right.
      JESSE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll admit it does have a few good looks
      MACE
      • 2 Years Ago
      MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEEEY!
      Ernest Kok
      • 2 Years Ago
      i wondering when will arrive to Malaysia and how much the pricing ... =.=" really nice car
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