The company announced in Germany that the A-class would be withdrawn from sale for three months while a series of modifications, understood to be costing about £100 million, are made to the vehicle after Swedish journalists managed to turn over a car at less than 40mph.
However, Mercedes-Benz in Britain claimed this week that corporate sector interest in the controversial new supermini was stronger than ever. A spokesman said: 'Response from corporate buyers is excellent and we are not aware of losing a single order. Our plans for the A-class to win a 5% share of the supermini sector in Britain remain unaltered. It is significant that such a positive result has came from fleet operators who were fully aware that the cars they were driving had not been modified in the wake of the so-called Swedish elk test results.'
Two weeks ago Mercedes-Benz announced that as a result of question marks over the car's safety it was fitting £800 worth of special stability equipment and new tyres to every vehicle.