BERLIN, April 14 German car maker Daimler
plans to launch a new line of small luxury vehicles
at its Mercedes-Benz division to rival premium-market leader
BMW's Mini brand, Focus reported, without citing the
source of the information.
Stuttgart-based Daimler will position the new Mercedes
models above the Smart city-car, with technology to be based on
the compact A-Class, the weekly magazine said on Sunday.
The offensive is due to kick off in 2015 with an SUV that is
even smaller than the new GLA compact crossover, due to be
unveilled at the Shanghai auto show later this month, according
A three-door model to compete with BMW's Mini will follow in
2016, with prices for all cars to range between 17,000 euros
($22,300) and 20,000 euros.
Mercedes could not be reached for comment.
($1 = 0.7635 euros)
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer, editing by William Hardy)