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Mercedes Concept A-Class

If the next A-class looks like this, then BMW, Audi and Lexus have a lot to worry about.  The small premium car market is a popular one and is a key tool in introducing new drivers to the brand.

Concept A-Class is full of aggressive lines that suggest a more subtle nature at heart and inspired by aviation, promotes a very kinetic flow to the body.  The grille has an explosive effect from its signature star centerpiece, reflected in the small dotted detailing within the wheels.  The lights also feature a 'starry sky' effect within and the daytime running lights are shaped in a winged fashion carrying the theme of flight.

Powering this beautiful concept is a new 2.0litre BlueEFFICIENCY engine which twinned with the dual-clutch transmission kicks out 210hp.  Quick, compact and classy.

Inside hosts a first for the compact sector, a radar based collision system that acts to prevent you from having an accident, with features like Brake Assist and visual and acoustic warnings.  Other technology includes integrated smartphone and a 'COMMAND Online' system, all surrounded by magenta lit dials and cream suede lining.

Mercedes-Benz are back in the game when talking about the design of cars today, and it shows.

C 63... AMG

Mercedes new C Class Coupé gets the AMG treatment and looks just as aggressively styled as the rest of the AMG line-up.

Set to launch in Summer 2011, the new AMG Coupé features high performance from Mercedes signature 6.3-litre V8 engine and the characteristic handling and driving that the AMG brand is known so well for.  Reaching 0-62 in a superfast 4.5 seconds, the C 63 is quick - set to take the lead in its segment.

It isn't all about performance however, the C 63 adopts all the latest technology.  Including a 7-speed automatic transmission with a new power steering pump, saving fuel and reaching a rather respectable 23.5mpg, especially for an AMG derivative.

If that doesn't excite you, Mercedes offer a performance upgrade!?!  Yet more power, bust still achieving the same fuel consumption.  The performance upgrade increases the bhp from 457 to 487bhp and reduces that 0-62mph time to 4.4 seconds, all inspired by using technologies from Merc's 'Coupé du jour' the SLS... what more could you possibly ask for...?

Very smart...

smarts' latest limited edition is called 'nightorange', and I'm sure we can all see why.

Featuring the most vibrant orange and sinister jet black two tone bodywork, the limited edition sees the city car acquire some 15" three-spoke alloys in black to compliment the door mirrors and grille.  Upon further inspection the lights reveal a titanium colour inset and a subtle bade displayed by the door mirrors lets others know, that yours is not just any old city car.

Moving inside and the smart gets racy wearing a black leather and fabric mix, finished off nicely with orange stitching and complimentary racing stripes throughout the seats and dash elements.

With the choice of an optional 6.5" touch screen with an upgraded stereo, the nightorange is a limited edition that looks good and sounds great too.

But you better be quick a total of just 235 nightorange edition smarts will be made in both coupé and convertible configs, available in a choice of 999cc  petrol engines, the 71bhp micro hybrid drive, which returns an impressive 65.7mpg (combined) or a 84bhp turbo.  Starting from £9,995, the nightorange will be available from retailers across the UK.