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Old 7th April 2011, 18:39   #1
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With the Concept A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is presenting a car that might have come from another planet: its expressive design symbolizes concentrated dynamism.

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A long bonnet, a low silhouette and slim window areas: the proportions of the Concept A-Class suggest concentrated dynamism. The car's sporty appearance is given particular depth by the interplay between lines and surfaces. The wind and the waves, as well as aviation engineering, were the sources of inspiration for its designers.

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But it is not only visually, but also technologically that the Concept A-Class is ushering in a new compact class era at Mercedes-Benz. This front-wheel drive model is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine from the new M270 series.

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It was designed for transverse installation, and thanks to direct injection and turbocharging it offers a high performance potential together with minimal emissions and fuel consumption. The Concept A-Class is equipped with the two-litre variant of the new engine, developing 155 kW (210 hp). This BlueEFFICIENCY unit is combined with the new Mercedes-Benz dual clutch transmission.

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As a world first in the compact class, the concept car features a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions. This assistance system, Collision Prevention Assist, gives a visual and acoustic warning to a possibly inattentive driver, and prepares Brake Assist for an absolutely precise braking response. This is initiated as soon as the driver emphatically operates the brake pedal.

Defined edges and a free interplay with the body surfaces

The exterior design of the Concept A-Class features the combination of defined edges and free interplay with the body surfaces the Mercedes-Benz first showed in the F 800 Style. The side view is structured by three prominent lines: the front structural edge above the front wing forms a dropping line, while the prominent shoulder muscle above the rear axle underlines the car's coupé-like character. A further line extends upwards from the rear wheel arch in a sweeping curve.

The front end of the Concept A-Class is a real eye-catcher. The brand logo appears to be surrounded by a starry sky. Where there are usually apertures or louvres, the radiator grille consists of numerous metallic silver "dots" on black stems. This theme is reflected in the design of the wheels. A very special effect is created by the lights of the Concept A-Class, as the innovative full-LED high-performance headlamps repeat the starry sky motif with numerous lighting points. The daytime running lamps consist of 90 optical fibres with aluminium sleeves, and they are arranged in a wing-shape within the headlamp.

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A smartphone is fully integrated into the operating concept of the Concept
A-Class. All the applications, services and features of a digital lifestyle can therefore be operated via COMAND Online. The visual presentation of the display screen elements is unique and revolutionary. Dynamically varied
glass elements are illuminated by magenta-coloured light to form three-dimensionally arranged navigation levels.

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Looks completely alien! Its literally from another planet. At the same time, it looks gorgeous & specially that front end looks spectacular & very production friendly as well
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Cool hatch design, but whatever it is to me it is the start of the era of Merc dilution.
Mass market FWD indeed!!!!!.
Damn the recession and the CAFE rules.
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HOT!!!

One of the better stunning concepts from Merc. Hope the production version is very similar. Make it a looker against 1-series or whatever it is pitted against.
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One word to say ---- AWESOME .

I loved the front and rear end looks. Hope this concept comes out successful as a production model.
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Another first from the worlds first car makers!! Great!! I am loving it. But is Merc not working future FWD concept which it is planning to bring to India too. If this makes to India well, I guess, I found my first car!
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As I have been telling for quite some time now, Mercedes-Benz has become the new BMW in terms of design. While Mercedes-Benz have adopted the aggressive design touches that used to be the hallmark of BMW, BMW have moved over to conservative designs which were Mercedes-Benz's forte. And its all too good for us. Thats a stunning looking concept from Mercedes-Benz, especially from the rear. If the next-gen A Class looks anywhere close to this, expect it to be a massive sales success on account of its looks and brand image alone.
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WOW! The exterior is production ready. Let them not dilute it!
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Well, if the production version of this car is the same, the Mercedes sure will have a winner.

But most times, production versions are stripped down, especially the interiors. Lets hope not.
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Side profile is really stunning but the flame surfacing is quite heavily inspired by the 1 series.
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As rightly said it looks entirely out of this world. I feel the front grill has resemblence to SLS AMG with honeycomb grill.
As a concept it is sure to grab your attention. But how is it going to come out in production?
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Reviving a old thread! A class looks a stunner to the outgoing A class.
New A-Class from Mercedes-Benz is a stunner!| Zigwheels.com


Looks stunning! eager to see on our roads. I guess this is going to kill the B class.
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Love the stance of the vehicle and its design. Looks Stunning...

Waiting to see this new segment comming up in India...
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Mercedes A class - most successful launch in the company history.

Third-generation A-Class the most successful car launch in Mercedes history, an auspicious start for a car with a heavy burden.


http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/29/m...ompany-histor/
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Saw one around where I stay in Finland. It certainly has a very good road presence. The previous 2 gens of A Class look a bit anonymous. I'm curious to see the AMG versions.
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