Small is big in Mercedes-Benz’s plans
MERCEDES-BENZ may add more variants to its future A-and B-class model lines, a top executive said.
“We’ve got some more ideas – for example, a three-door version of the A-class, a convertible or a shootingbrake,” said Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing head Joachim Schmidt.
No decision has been made yet, according to Schmidt. The company has said that the next-generation A-and B-class compact hatchbacks will be joined by an SUV and coupé-styled four-door.
All four derivatives will be underpinned by a new architecture that Mercedes has developed for its fastgrowing compact line-up.
Mercedes needs to add small cars to meet tighter EU emissions standards and keep pace with BMW and Audi in sales.
The second-generation B-class will be first of the new compacts. It will arrive in dealerships in late 2011.
The new architecture might be used by Nissan’s Infiniti for its planned entry-premium rival to the Audi A3 and BMW 1 series. It is one possible result of the alliance between Daimler, Nissan and Renault.
Said Schmidt: “Yes, discussions (with RenaultNissan) about basing an entry-level Infiniti on our compact car platform are still proceeding.”
The partners will decide this summer whether Infiniti will use the architecture.