Remember the first-generation A-Class? What a clever little car.
‘Little’ being the operative word, because at just 3.57m long, it packed loads of space into its interior, thanks to intelligent ‘sandwich’ packaging, which enabled the engine to be pushed beneath the passenger cell in an accident.
The original A-Class was light, too, yet despite the compact length and light weight, it could squeeze 390-1740 litres of luggage space into that 1000kg door-stop body.
Problems? It wasn’t cheap enough to make and maybe too few people bought it, although it did top a million sales during its life. Deservedly so, because it was, conceptually, brilliant.
When it comes to radical invention on today’s A-Class, look to the headliner: new communications and entertainment systems, and semi-autonomous driving. This is what makes an A-Class special these days and that’s fine: it’s what sells, after all, and what customers like is the current A-Class.