B200 Turbo

German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche reported that DaimlerChrysler AG’s Mercedez Benz unit may drop the A-Class and use a B-Class replacement to represent both A-Class and B-Class models in the next generation of that product range to arrive somewhere in the year 2011. In place of the A-Class will be a new compact model more like a small coupe rather town car like the A-class, to go against rivals Audi and BMW, especially since the latter has just announced the 1-Series coupe.

Reuters says when contacted, a DaimlerChrysler spokersperson said he could not comment on the report.