Mercedes-Benz not planning a subcompact model smaller than the A-Class, CEO says

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 19, 2014

According to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz is not planning any model smaller than the current A-Class compact. Still, Dieter Zetsche said that Smart brand could expand into the subcompact segment.

The reason that Mercedes-Benz is not planning a subcompact is that the segment is already highly competitive and dominated by its German rivals, such as the Audi A1 built by the Volkswagen Group and BMW Group’s MINI brand.

"We had a long debate about whether we should expand Mercedes into the B [subcompact] segment and we decided this is not going to happen," said Dieter Zetsche. Daimler will introduce this summer the third-generation Smart ForTwo minicar as well as the second-generation four-seat ForFour.

The new Smart ForFour will take on cars such as the Fiat 500 and the Opel Adam. So, if you were expecting a smaller Mercedes-Benz you’d better forget it and take a closer look at the A45 AMG.

This hot hatch is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that generates 360 hp (265 kW) and 450 Nm of torque.

Using a seven-speed AMG SpeedShift DCT transmission the A45 AMG hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds, while top speed is limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.

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