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Mercedes-Benz Aiming For Eight Compact Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz Aiming For Eight Compact Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz is slated to reveal a new compact car at this month’s Shanghai Motor Show. Motor1 reports the news was confirmed by Marco Ebler, product manager for Mercedes compact cars, during a media event in Hungary. The news comes as little surprise, given Mercedes’ plan is to ultimately have eight compact vehicles in its lineup.

Today Stuttgart offers five compact vehicles, which include the CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, A-Class and B-Class. Of the five, only the CLA and GLA are currently sold in the U.S.

Supposedly Mercedes would like to grow the lineup by three more models, which is allegedly going to include a new A-Class sedan, a GLB compact SUV and possibly a small coupe to rival the Audi TT.

Recent reports have suggested the Shanghai reveal will be a concept version of the A-Class sedan as it is rumored to launch sometime in 2018. The A-Class is expected to be built on Mercedes-Benz’s MFA platform, which means the car will be front-wheel-drive and slot between the CLA and C-Class in terms of hierarchy.

Mercedes previewed the design of the A-Class sedan with the Aesthetics A Sculpture, pictured above.

 





 

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  1. germeezy1
    After the debut of the CLA MB is fast becoming a brand that I will not even consider except in passing. From C class , and above MB has certainly came into their own despite their incessant attempts to throw the baby out with the bath water.
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    arutherford
    Unfortunately, the CLA, A, GLA, and B sell like 350,000 units a year combined.


    That's a lot of overpriced junk.
    arutherford
    member12
    IMO they should cancel everything smaller than the C class.

    The CLA and GLA are both particularly bad. They don't look like they should have the Mercedes-Benz branding.


    Unfortunately, the CLA, A, GLA, and B sell like 350,000 units a year combined.
    member12
    IMO they should cancel everything smaller than the C class.

    The CLA and GLA are both particularly bad. They don't look like they should have the Mercedes-Benz branding.
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