Even with the inception of quotas for car ownership, there is still a great appetite for luxury vehicles among China’s 1 billion plus citizenry, a statistic not lost among auto makers as Auto Shanghai 2011 approaches. Similar to any car show, there will be plenty of unveiling, like that of Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class. An aggressive stance, the tear-shaped Concept A-Class draws similarity from the F 800 concept car. A “starry sky” themed front grille design surrounds the Tri-Star emblem of Mercedes. The pattern is repeated on the wheels of the vehicle as well. By utilizing the latest in lighting technology, the new headlight takes full advantage of LEDs with light fibers assembled in a wing-shape layout for daytime running lights. To accentuate the sense of speed, designers formulated a cockpit-like interior, where the dashboard resembles an aircraft’s wing and the air conditioning vents are shaped to look like jet engines. The flight of fancy theme is further explored by the flair red instrument cluster, a semblance to jet fighters’ afterburners, and the large shift lever, like that of a thrust controller on a fighter. Power is provided by a 2-liter, turbo charged 4-cylinder engine with the capacity to produce 210-horsepower, a harmonious balance between performance and efficiency. To address the need of the already crowded roads of China, the Concept A-Class will be the first compact car to offer Mercedes-Benz’s innovative Brake Assist, the radar-base collision warning system, and Collision Prevention Assist to signal driver of possible collision. The Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class to make its debut on Thursday, April 21, in Auto Shanghai 2011 at Shanghai New International Expo Center.