Looking at this A-Class concept vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, displayed at the 2011 New York and Shanghai auto shows, an easily jumped-to conclusion would be that this is merely a plinth queen, with no chance of seeing an assembly line. That feminine door mirror, the odd side surfaces seemingly cribbed from the dark days of Bangle-era BMW designs... could this seriously become a production model? Yes, if the cyber-babble has any basis in truth. M-B already has an A-Class out in Europe. It’s a kind of tall Golf-sized car, but this version would be more of a rival for the upcoming new generation of Audi A3. And here’s another intriguing idea: there are plans for an AMG version.