According to the source, the A-class will be dropped when most of Mercedes’ lineup goes in for a revamp in 2011. The next-generation A-class was originally due in 2011, and it was previously reported that Mercedes was considering partnering with France’s PSA/Peugeot-Citroen Group to share the car’s development.
Without the A-class, Mercedes could instead concentrate on improving the next B-class model, which could be sold in the US for the first time. The B-Class has proven a sales success in Europe and the next-gen model is expected to further improve on this image by sharing its underpinnings with the new C-class saloon. This would mean a sportier chassis with a rear-wheel drivetrain and higher performance engines.