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WR491 500 R683 600 hen it comes to un­der­stand­ing a car and its sex ap­peal, the in­ter­na­tional ve­hi­cle in­dus­try spends mil­lions find­ing out what colours turn cus­tomers on.

In fact, so im­por­tant is colour, it can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween buy­ing a car or not.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search site Kiss­met­rics, 93% of car buy­ers view colour and over­all vis­ual ap­pear­ance as the most im­por­tant fac­tors, while 85% of peo­ple say that colour is the pri­mary rea­son they buy a prod­uct. And guys, we’re not only talk­ing about women here.

It’s a well-known fact that men opt for red or black when it comes to sporty wheels, while women tend to be drawn to gold and sil­ver. Well, that prob­a­bly would ap­ply to those ob­sessed with “putting a ring on it”.

If we are to be­lieve any of this re­search, the colour green is not of­ten as­so­ci­ated with sexy. How­ever, at the re­cent launch of the face-lifted A-Class, that the­ory was turned on its head.

Kit­ted out in my newly ac­quired forest­green off-the-shoul­der Zara num­ber, my eyes latched on to a set of wheels in the most de­li­cious slinky shade of metal­lic el­baite green. For­tu­nately, true to re­search, while the rest of the mostly male-dom­i­nated pack of petrol­head me­dia jos­tled and armwres­tled for the black and red mod­els, the path was clear for me to jump into my green num­ber; the (al­most) top-of-the-range A250.

With 155kW of oomph and 350Nm of torque and power trans­mit­ted via a 7G dual-clutch trans­mis­sion gear­box, cou­pled with de­li­ciously stiff sport sus­pen­sion, this beauty took to the road like a true thor­ough­bred. (Watch out Audi A3 and BMW 1 Se­ries – the A-Class is go­ing to be hard to outdo.)

It’s al­most un­be­liev­able that just a few years back, the first-gen­er­a­tion A-Class re­sem­bled a fuddy-duddy mummy taxi. When the se­cond-gen­er­a­tion A-Class hit the

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