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Additional new small car models being investigated by Mercedes-Benz include a sporty three-door
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25 February 2012

Additional new small car models being investigated by Mercedes-Benz include a sporty three-door hatchback variant of the new A-class to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Scirocco and a long-mooted Audi A3 cabriolet rival with a fabric roof. However, these are not planned to appear before the end of 2015, according to well placed Mercedes-Benz sources.

“If we decide to produce them,” said an insider, “they will more likely be added to the portfolio in the subsequent generation once we have established our new small car platform and ramp up production at our Hungarian plant.”

The three-door A-class was previewed at last year’s Shanghai motor show by the Vision A concept. It features a rakish, coupé-like roofline and a narrow glasshouse.

Another new model being investigated is a long-wheelbase B-class. This would allow for a third row of seats, making seven in all, and give the firm a premium entry into the booming mini-MPV segment. Like the three-door A-class and A-class cabriolet, the B-class Plus isnít scheduled to appear before 2015.

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josen100x 25 February 2012

Re: Merc guns for Scirocco, A3 cabrio

OH NO, MERCEDES!! I was reading the article and my missus saw the picture. Now she wants one. Thanks a lot, Mercedes.

thebaldgit 25 February 2012

Re: Merc guns for Scirocco, A3 cabrio

The usual if we produce them is the old please tell us you want it so as we do not waste time tooling up.

TegTypeR 25 February 2012

Re: Merc guns for Scirocco, A3 cabrio

Autocar wrote:
“If we decide to produce them,”

Personally, I think it will be a mistake not to put the variants in to production as VW / Audi have already proven there is a healthy market place for such products.

If Mercedes are serious about aiming the A Class at the younger generation, then these models will be essential in ensuring that happens.

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