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Old 01-31-2017, 06:52 PM
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Undoubtedly. I think I would just prefer the A-Class sedan as a replacement for the CLA and have the CLA disappear entirely. Coupesedans w/ FWD look exceedingly awkward, to my eye.
But then MB couldn't fill every possible niche with something. Also, rumors are we're getting the A-Class in hatch form for the next-gen too.
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Also, rumors are we're getting the A-Class in hatch form for the next-gen too.
Well, why not? Maybe they'll make it a hydrogen-powered car? The hatchback Ford Focus does pretty good business in LA, I think....
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Coupesedans w/ FWD look exceedingly awkward, to my eye.
I agree for the CLA, which has horrible proportions, though the Audi A5 and A7 both are rather pleasant looking coupe sedans with FWD, so awkward proportions are not a must.

That said, the CLA did nevertheless sell well (at least in Europe), and with likely a high margin (they sell for more than a C Class, a much better car in every respect based on a proper Mercedes platform from bigger cars), so I doubt Mercedes would give up on that.
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:24 PM
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so awkward proportions are not a must.

That said, the CLA did nevertheless sell well (at least in Europe), and with likely a high margin (they sell for more than a C Class, a much better car in every respect based on a proper Mercedes platform from bigger cars), so I doubt Mercedes would give up on that.
Good point. I think the VW CC is also rather awkwardly proportioned (but still vastly better than the CLA), so perhaps I should saw that FWD coupesedans w/ a price of under US $40,000 look awkward. ;)

Is the CLA really more expensive the C-Class in Europe??? In the U.S. it is marketed and priced one segment below the C-Class.
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Is the CLA really more expensive the C-Class in Europe??? In the U.S. it is marketed and priced one segment below the C-Class.
The C-Class has a bigger base engine and is better equipped as a a base model, and still tehy sell for the same approx., actually dealer offers are better on the C. So it is definitely cheaper, and better value especially, considering the C-Class really feels like a Mini S-Class, whilst the CLA just somehow manages to feel like your average c segment FWD hatchback with less space and slightly tarted up interior, but not that special to drive altogether...
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:34 PM
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So it is definitely cheaper, and better value especially, considering the C-Class really feels like a Mini S-Class, whilst the CLA just somehow manages to feel like your average c segment FWD hatchback with less space and slightly tarted up interior, but not that special to drive altogether...
Wow, can't imagine why someone would choose the CLA under those circumstances.

I drove a C-Class again briefly this past weekend. I still can't how flimsy the door latching feels, but the body was well-snubbed over large bumps and dips (like MBs of yore). I imagine that the RFT that are standard here in the U.S. do much do degrade the ride quality, alas. I would be very interesting in driving a C-Class that had regular tires....
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