sgCarMart – The first generation A-Class was first introduced to the world in 1997 and it wasn't until 2004 when Mercedes decided to give the hatch an update. This said update brought along a three-door body and sat lower than the first gen A-Class.
But regardless of the changes, the A-Class remained to be a tall car with a short length, resulting in a lack of desirability and an overall styling that wouldn't tick the usual Benz boxes.
It wasn't like Mercedes wasn't capable of making good cars, but the A-Class missed its targets by a fair bit as it never really did manage to look or drive like a how a proper Mercedes-Benz should.
16 years later, the third and all new generation was first revealed in 2011 at both the Shanghai Auto Show and the New York Auto Show as a concept. And it was only last year when the production model was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
With fierce competitors such as the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 gaining the attention of hatchback buyers, it seems that the German marque hopes to shake up the market and capture lost ground with the A-Class - the new baby of the Mercedes family.
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