Thursday, April 7, 2011

"I Want to Believe" Mercedes Will Build This Concept A-Class Spaceship

It's been a very long time since anything coming out of Germany even came close to rivaling the Italians in terms of design.  The newest Concept A-Class surprises with it's elegant body shape and might even undo some long held conceptions about what "German" car design is all about.  No longer blocks, wedges and doglegs, the new breed of compact, sexy and advanced motorcars being designed in Mother Deutschland are evidence of a new direction for old companies.

The Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class will make its debut at both the 2011 New York and Shanghai Auto Shows later this month. Looking as though it might have come from another planet, the Concept A-Class features an expressive and athletic design. Technical highlights include a new turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, a dual clutch transmission and a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist.

The aggressive appearance of the Concept A-Class, with its long hood, low silhouette and slim side windows, is said to be inspired by the wind, waves and aviation engineering.  A seemingly disparate combination, but hell, it works just fine here. 

The nose of the Concept A-Class catches your attention with the Mercedes-Benz star logo surrounded by what looks like a star-filled sky. The grille consists of myriad metallic silver hexagons on black stems. This theme is echoed in the design of the wheels. The headlights of the Concept A-Class are powerful and innovative full-LED high-performance units matched by the daytime running lamps consisting of 90 optical fibers with aluminum sleeves arranged in a wing-shape within the headlamp to mimic the aviation theme.

The dashboard is formed in the shape of an aircraft wing with a translucent, stretchable fabric lining.
The shape of the A/C vents are reminiscent of a jet and the prominent dials in the instrument cluster are tipped in red, inspired by the afterburner of a jet engine.

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