The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a subcompact executive car (subcompact in its first two generations) produced by the German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. The first generation (W168) was introduced in 1997, the second generation model (W169) appeared in late 2004, the third generation model (W176) was launched in 2012 until 2018, and then the fourth generation model which is W177 will be launched in 2018 which will be the first time the A-Class has been offered in the United States and Canada. It is often referred to rather affectionately by fans as the 'Baby Benz'. On fourth generation, there will be both hatchback and sedan available.
Originally launched only as a four-door hatchback in 1997, the second generation W169 introduced a three-door hatchback. In the markets that the A-Class is or has been sold in, it has represented the entry level model of Mercedes-Benz. Having grown by 68 cm (27 in) since the original model, the 2012 A-class is now longer than the first-generation B-class.
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