Video: Mercedes-Benz shows us how it created the Concept A-Class

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 19, 2011

Fans are already on the lookout of how the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class would be styled. This airplane-inspired vehicle is aimed to appeal to a younger demographic. The production version of the A-Class will have its global debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show and it is expected to arrive in the U.S. in 2013.

Shown at the 2011 New York Auto Show, the Concept A-Class had impressed many in the industry with the inspiration and work involved in creating the concept.

Interior designer Jan Kaul said that those who would see a Concept A-Class would be surprised because it’s not something expected from Mercedes-Benz. It’s believed that it will be one of the safest and most stylish front-drive hatches to arrive in the U.S.

Kaul and co-designer Mark Fetherston were inspired by the airplane’s wings and the way the ends twisted. Fetherston said that they focused on the “lightness and flow,” which seem to have been executed well in the concept, with its aerodynamic sheet metal and the gleaming, turbine-style interior air vents that seem to float on the dash.

The new Mercedes-Benz design language features an expressive and emotional interplay between lines and surfaces, which designers refer to as a "clean" Concept. Its concave and convex surfaces allow for an elegant modulation of light, thereby resulting to a distinct sculpture-like presence. This design idiom is well exhibited on the A-Class Concept, thereby further evolving a theme that was first on the Mercedes-Benz F800 Style.

Up front, the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept has become more stunning with its radiator grille featuring a number metallic silver "dots" on black stems, replacing the apertures and louvers. This theme makes it seem that the brand logo on the grille is being surrounded by a starry sky. This theme is also reflected in the design of the car’s wheels. Meanwhile, the sides of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept are defined by three prominent lines.

One of these lines -- dropping towards the rear -- is formed by the front structural edge. Another line – forming a sweeping curve -- extends upwards just in front of the rear wheel arch. All of these three lines provide more depth and dynamism to the concept’s side profile. Interestingly, the door handles of the concept are seemingly buried into the doors and appear at the touch of a button. Meanwhile, the exterior mirrors feature an unusual, wing-like structure that indicates flow and lightness while the car’s open side skirt allows for an unusual light-and-shadow effect.

The side profile is completed by large 20-inch wheels that feature an appearance similar to that of a turbine rotor. On the other hand, the rear end of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept has been made visually wider and is marked by a beautiful interplay between convex and concave surfaces as well as by its pronounced edges.

Moreover, lines of the muscular shoulders are continued by the tail light clusters, thereby further highlighting the car's width. The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept is provided with an aerodynamic spoiler lip in the tail lights for added efficiency and with a diffuser for greater downforce.

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