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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Concept A appears to be, quite literally, all show and no go. At its big debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, the car eschewed its 200-horsepower BlueEfficiency powerplant in favor of a 4-suitpower unit, courtesy of Mercedes brass. After a star-studded introduction, including a version of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes-Benz" by rapper David Banner and English pop singers Estelle and Daley, the car broke down before hitting the stage.

That made for a seriously awkward few seconds, as 4 Mercedes execs, dressed to the nines in designer suits, had to push the car onto the stage. That embarrassing spectacle put a bit of a damper on the hype surrounding the highly-anticipated premium compact.

The 2011 Concept A is likely to donate around 85% of its styling to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which is slated to debut next year. There's even talk of a 350-horsepower AMG version sometime thereafter. We have to admit we're excited to meet the all-new A-Class, but that's based on the assumption that it will move under its own power.
 

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Styling looks great, but would never buy one from a reliability perspective.

Honda seriously needs to get back into the sport/racing aspect. Throw a K into the CR-Z or give us the S2K replacement (if there is one).
 

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No irony here; this only reinforces Mercedes' reliability woes.

+1 to the comment about Honda needing to come back with some sporty cars - maybe the 2012 Si can start Honda in the right direction.
 

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Honda is about to get back into the sporty segment. Don't worry about it so much, the guy that designed the NSX is the president. They have at least 2 machines in development now. It is going to be o.k.
 

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I haven't heard anything to support that but I really hope you're right..the benz looks great but I'd never do anything but lease one.
 
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