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The German automaker Mercedes is offering a few more hints about adding additional variants to both the A-Class and the B-Class range. In an interview given by Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing head; to Automotive News Europe, he said that the company is working on a three-door version of the A-Class, a convertible, as well as a shooting brake.

A while ago they’ve confirmed that a coupe and a crossover variant of the A/B-Class is under development, based on the same MFA platform on which it makes its entire compact range. The German manufacturer is in discussions with Renault-Nissan on sharing that platform with Infiniti for an entry-level car for that premium brand.

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After hearing at the beginning of the week that the next generation Mercedes-Benz A Class will borrow design cues from concepts like the F800 Style or the Concept Fascination, new details have now been revealed.

According to the rumor mongers from Autocar, the future A Class will also get the performance treatment from Mercedes’ AMG division.

It seems that the German company is so bent on rivaling the BMW 1 Series, a hot hatch version of the A Class has received the green light. Also, in order to rival the 1 Series Coupe, a similar version will also be offered for the A Class AMG.

Both models will benefit from a supercharged four-cylinder engine, complete with direct injection. According to the British magazine, its output will be around 270 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to rival hot hatches like the Volkswagen Golf R or the Ford Focus RS.

Still, don’t expect this performance A Class anytime soon, as the next generation is expect around 2012, so the AMG version will arrive a year later.


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Mercedes-Benz‘s compact offerings, the A and B Classes, haven’t exactly proven to be best sellers. As such, for the next generation models, the German company is preparing something a bit more special.

After hearing that the B Class will evolve and tackle BMW’s 1 Series, as well as see new versions, fresh rumors are now being revealed about the next generation A Class.

According The Detroit Bureau, the new models in the range are set to borrow cues from two very well-received concepts from the last few years: the Concept Fascination and the F800 Style.

As you may remember, the Concept Fascination shooting break showcar was revealed in Paris a couple of years ago, and previewed the current E Class. The F800 Style is a bit newer, appearing onto the scene at the Detroit Auto Show this year. As we saw at the beginning of the week, it has previewed the future 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Even if the next generation A Class will borrow just styling cues, we’re pretty excited that they will come from such attractive concepts. What do you think? Share your thoughts in a comment below.


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Mercedes-Benz is seriously working on developing a lineup of zero emissions vehicles, and has just announced that it will begin to produce an electric A Class-based model, dubbed E-Cell, this October.

Sadly the car won’t be offered to regular customers, as it will enter testing stages at various public institutions so that the electric powertrain and batteries can be subject to real-life conditions. The A Class E-Cell will join the Smart Electric Drive and the B Class F-Cell in Mercedes-Benz’ zero-emissions lineup.

No other details were given, except this promotional clip, meaning you’ll have to wait until autumn for other piece of information.


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In a recent press release, the new Mercedes Benz A Class was unveiled. Scheduled to make its world debut at the Auto Mobil International (AMI) motor show, which will take place in Leipzig starting April 5th, 2008, the Mercedes junior is, according to MB, younger, more attractive and more environmentally friendly.

The front part features new headlights and a redesigned bumper with new, larger air intake, redesigned radiator grille, while the rear features a modified bumper and new-look tail lights. We also have new, larger exterior mirror and door handles. The new A Class comes standard with 15 inch 7-spoke wheels, while the Avantgarde and Elegnace versions feature 16 inch alloy wheels.

“The new-generation A-Class has a fuel consumption between 4.9 and 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres. Thanks to further detailed enhancements, fuel consumption of the sophisticated direct-injection diesel engines has been reduced by over 8 percent or 0.5 litres per 100 kilometres compared with the outgoing models. From autumn 2008, Mercedes-Benz will supply a standard-fit BlueEFFICIENCY package for the three-door A 160 CDIwith manual transmission, which further improves engine efficiency, aerodynamics, rolling resistance, energy management and weight. Taken together, these measures add up to a fuel saving of 0.4 litres so that the A 160 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY consumes just 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres on the NEDC cycle. CO2 emissions of the 60 kW/82 hp coupé are 119 grams per kilometre.”
See more photos of the new Mercedes Benz A Class and read the full press release after the jump.


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