The Mercedes A45 AMG is joining the ranks of Germans hot-hatches that will not make their way to our shores.
Europeans will get to take home AMG’s first compact car sometime in the first quarter of 2013, in the form of the tuned up A-Class. Mercedes-Benz said in an e-mail to Inside Line that “There are no plans to offer the A45 in the U.S.”
The same goes for the A45‘s major competitors, the BMW M135i and the Audi RS3. It seems like these companies believe that Americans will not react well to hot-hatches.
The A45 offers some insight into the brands direction, being the first AMG model to use a transversely mounted engine, and will also be the most powerful four-cylidner the automaker has ever made. With fuel prices still heavily influencing car buyers in America, it seems as though a four cylinder fun to drive hatchback would compliment the market nicely.
[Source: Inside Line]