Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch a new model that will slot midway between the tiny 3.5 m (11.4 ft.) long A-Class and the 4.5 m (14.8 ft.) C-Class that will be called B-Class, eventually replacing the A-Class in 2003. It is the strongest possible evidence that even inside Mercedes-Benz there is now a conviction that the A-Class is too small — too short and too narrow — for its own good. Cynics suggest that in creating the A-Class (W168) Mercedes wanted to show off to the world that it ...

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