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The designer in the
Community Interview.

Exterior Designer Mark Fetherston
on the design of the new A-Class.

The new A-Class is available from 15 June 2012

at your Mercedes-Benz dealer.

On inspiration, processes and reactions.

"Why is the new A-Class so completely different to its predecessor?" – "What was the reaction from the Executive Board like when the design was presented for the first time?" – "What is your favourite feature?"

In the following two videos, Mark will answer these and some of the other questions from our community on Facebook and Google+. In the first film, everything revolves around the vehicle itself, whereas, in the video on the next page, he answers some more personal questions.

Fuel consumption (combined): 7.1-3.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions (combined): 165-98 g/km.

Part 1: On design, tradition and new paths ...

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The new A-Class direct –
the exterior designer

Part 2: Mark Fetherston on his role as Exterior Designer.

Watch Film

The new A-Class direct – the exterior designer Part II

For the thrill of the challenge.

In 1999, Mark Fetherston graduated from Coventry University as a Transport Designer and has worked for Mercedes-Benz ever since. One of the latest projects for which he was also partly responsible was the design of the SLS AMG super sports car. But what is more difficult to create – a super sports car or a compact Mercedes?

"Because of its dynamism, a super sports car is easier to design – its proportions are per se already dynamic", explains Mark Fetherston. "But that’s the whole fun behind the challenge of trying to put the sporty dynamism of Mercedes-Benz into a car of the compact class."

Product may vary after press date on 20.04.2012.


* The data do not relate to a specific vehicle and are not part of the specification, but are merely for the purpose of comparing different vehicle types. The figures are provided in accordance with the German regulation "PKW-EnVKV" and apply to the German market only.

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