As the hatch segment drives volumes in the Indian auto market, several automotive brands across the world are compelled to offer a small car for India. While BMW recently offered the MINI from its portfolio of hatchbacks, Mercedes has the new A Class lined up.
Mercedes Benz will launch the new A Class for the European market in September 2012. India is expecting a 2013 debut, with the Chakan facility in Pune providing the assembly of the CKD kits.
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In India, the A Class will compete in the luxury hatch segment against the MINI and VW Beetle. Apart from the new A Class, Mercedes Benz has 4 more small cars lined up for next 3-4 years.