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Larger A-class due out next year

MERCEDES-Benz has quashed rumours it is was set to scrap the A-class and allow the MCC Smart car - built by DaimlerChrysler subsidiary Micro Compact Car - to take its place as the smallest car in its stable in the most emphatic way by confirming the introduction of a larger A-class. Responding to rumours fuelled by slow sales of the A-class, Nick Ratcliffe, general manager corporate sales, said: 'The A-class is taking its time to establish itself, in particular in the corporate market where it refuses to be seen as a repmobile even though that's where it's priced.

'We plan to introduce a longer wheelbase version next year and we see that as providing a bigger opportunity in the corporate market. People have got used to the one-box shape and the new variant will provide more interior space to go head-to-head with the Renault Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira.'

The Smart car will be officially imported by Mercedes-Benz from October, coinciding with the implementation of dealer servicing and maintenance back-up. The dealer network has already had to come to the rescue of owners of 'grey' imports when the car was the subject of the recall after engine management system problems.

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