Mercedes-Benz is rumoured to be dropping the A-class range when it is due for replacement in 2011.
According to unnamed inside sources quoted by German magazine WirtschaftsWoche, the A-class is too expensive to produce and not profitable enough.
Mercedes has declined to comment. Only a few weeks ago M-B sales and marketing chief Michael Ganal said that the firm wanted to “increase cooperation” with rival BMW to enable it to benefit from shared research and development costs.
The A-class and its B-class sibling are the only front-drive models in Mercedes’ line-up. They use a sophisticated ‘sandwich’ platform that provides great interior space and crash protection, but isn’t cheap to make.