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Mercedes may build roadster based on A-Class

 Mercedes may build roadster based on A-Class
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA concept 2000

Mercedes is considering a compact roadster to compete with coming models from VW and BMW

Small cars are making a comeback and the current crisis can only help them state their case. So, it may not be surprising that Mercedes is considering a new roadster based on the A and B Class platform.

The new roadster would be based on the SLA Concept Mercedes unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show way back in 2000. It would be slotted beneath the SLK in the product lineup and is intended to compete with new models that are coming from VW and BMW. VW will be showing its new mid-engine roadster concept at the Detroit show in January, and BMW is working on a Z2 roadster based on the 1-series that will be smaller than the Z4.

The next generation A and B Class are expected as 2012 models and will get a new front-wheel drive platform, which they could potentially share with this new Mercedes compact roadster. The new A and B Class will also be getting two additional variants each - a coupe and an SUV version. Mercedes is investing over 1.5 billion euros on this new platform, including a new production plant in Hungary.

 

Source: Autoweek
Published Dec 8, 2008 3:28 pm By Alex Ricciuti

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alessandro
What somebody can want to be by driving €25.000 mid-engined car. Joke! Its rather a living pleasure thing I'd prefer it for R8 any time. If you have no fortune to buy a Ferrari - buy a car, simple as that.
Dec 12, 2008 8:15 pm
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blay
I wouldn't say that the A class is for wannabes. More like, why are you paying so much more for what is such a basic car? Sure you get an MB badge but... ...ok i admit, the Aclass and 1series is for wannabes :p
Dec 12, 2008 3:58 pm
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PotatoEater
A class is for wannnabes. just like the 1 series.
Dec 10, 2008 11:35 am
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alessandro
People I know who have a A class or 1 series do not pay for badge a s*** but they like little European cars and not very fond of retro-stiled Mini kind of things. Oh'... one of them is about to add a new badge into the narrowed to 1 car variety of his family choices, its Lancia.
Dec 12, 2008 8:34 pm
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alessandro
More over I think there will be a coupe for next and they already are in stage of building new contsepts (incl. B-class e.g. 4-seater) to compeat upcoming Renault Alpine or even to be first in this segment. That kind of approach is about to change car world, fans!
Dec 9, 2008 9:13 pm
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RGL
Shoulkd be ok if the make it right, looks gd goes well and is cheap and economical then they will have best seller
Dec 9, 2008 8:54 pm
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alessandro
Oh I like it. Feels like somebody in MB got sober, with some hangover so far but awake.
Dec 9, 2008 8:45 pm
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abramo
I am a current A Class owner and the concept of a complementary sports car based on the A Class makes sense to me, already for some time now. But this particular design is ugly in my eyes and also cheap-looking. I find the current A Class elegant (in contrast to the vulgar B Class) and an elegant young-spirited roadster would be a welcome addition to the family. However, *not* something along the lines of "smart" (or Toyota!!). If you desire a "smart" you buy a "smart" - a MB should be a different story altogether, should spell style and quality, even at the popular A Class level. (methiks :)
Dec 9, 2008 5:37 pm
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alessandro
Totally agree, current A-class is a beautiful car.
Dec 9, 2008 8:48 pm
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benzboy
I have to agree MB has enough models and this design is 8 years old. I will stick with my current slk and sl63 as this is kinda ugly , Love MB but you have to draw the line somewhere
Dec 9, 2008 9:38 am
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blay
whoever at Merc greenlit this should be fired. We all know how much concept models cost to design and build. Maybe that million dollars or so would've been better spent helping Chrysler out of the debt hole that they've fallen into.
Dec 9, 2008 5:29 am
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alex_w115
to all you who share their opinion on the looks: Do you really think MB is going to base their design on something they showed 8 years ago? Anyway: Finally something affordable fun-car from MB. Too bad it will probably front wheel drive. I hope they go for a soft top to reduce price & weight.
Dec 9, 2008 4:46 am
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Panamera
it looks blind. it makes george bush look like a supermodel
Dec 9, 2008 12:16 am
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nendor
very true they have all kind of models :P
Dec 9, 2008 12:02 am
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wjaprep
Mercedes, stop. You have to many models. Personally I think they should stop the A and B class and introduce a smaller engined C class or something. Eitherweigh, I think Mercedes has enough models.
Dec 8, 2008 11:44 pm
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car-o-bar
It rocks. Build it MB.
Dec 8, 2008 11:14 pm
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Penner
The back is simply amazing. The front sucks. Do it!
Dec 8, 2008 10:25 pm
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BabyMilo
that is so ugly, i would way rather have a 1 series coupe
Dec 8, 2008 9:51 pm
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Motor_Yakuza
Next A class MUST be electric, or is useless.
Dec 8, 2008 9:19 pm
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afterace2
While this concept was hideous, no doubt about it, the whole idea is rather wise for MB, they should turn the whole A-class into some handsome sleek A3 competitor instead of an egg on wheels. They could make coupe and convertible out of it.
Dec 8, 2008 9:13 pm
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NOTAY
iv seen better looking donkeys
Dec 8, 2008 8:44 pm
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