These are the cars BMW must compete with when it launches its new entry-level model.
Audi will bring back the A2 name in 2012 — but the second generation of the car will ditch the original’s expensive aluminium spaceframe construction and use a regular steel monocoque.The switch is likely to mean lower build costs, potentially allowing Audi to price the car aggressively against rivals Mercedes and BMW.The new A2 is likely to adopt the tall one-box styling of its predecessor, and it could feature a range-extender powerplant.
Merc A/B class
Mercedes’ first crack at front-drive was very clever and very expensive. The A-class’s sandwich platform and slanted drivetrain brought lots of space on a small wheelbase and excellent safety, but it was also extraordinarily expensive to build.The firm is working an all-new entry-level range, expected as early as next year. Based on an all-new, conventional, front-drive platform, the line-up is likely to include a high-roofed monobox like the A-class, a new B-class and a conventional MPV.