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More Refined Mercedes A-Class Debuts in Geneva

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class image

Taking center stage at the Geneva Motor Show this week is the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The new A-Class is a bold departure from the outgoing model and even offers a level of refinement and style that C-Class owners would be jealous of.

The interior is roomier than before and boasts quality materials that are on par with those used in the recently updated M-Class. Powering this new model is a range of four-cylinder options including a 1.6-liter unit and a 2.-0-liter. In addition to embracing direct injection and turbocharging, the A-Class also comes standard with start/stop functionality and choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

“A is for Attack: the A-Class is a clear statement of the new dynamism of the Mercedes-Benz brand”, explains Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “It is completely new, down to the last detail. In automotive development, it’s not often you get the chance to start with a clean sheet of paper. Our engineers and designers have made the very most of that opportunity.”

Daimler has stated that new compacts are destined to land on North American shores, but the A-Class or other small car has yet to be officially confirmed. It’s likely that such a model won’t arrive until 2013.

Like its competitors, Mercedes is attempting to become more competitive when it comes to high-volume small cars. By combining a good looks with efficient and powerful engines, Mercedes may have a winning formula that excites buyers on both sides of the pond.

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