Mercedes wants a baby AMG sports car image

Sales on big cars are not going very well on these days. That’s why, Mercedes sporty division – AMG – wants to introduce a sporty AMG car based on the MFA platform.
Problem is that most of the sports cars are based on a real wheel drive transmission, while the MFA platform that’s power the current A Class and B, is a front wheel drive platform.

Anyway, AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg says AMG has looked at the MFA platform and believes it can engineer a rear-drive version.

Transmission would be a dual-clutch manual or seven-speed Speedshift automatic. AMG version aside, the new MFA platform will play a key role in Mercedes-Benz’s plans to reach 1.5 million sales worldwide by 2015

“We do not have a dominant position in the front-drive compact class,” says Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche, who notes Mercedes has sold more of the new E-Class than BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 combined.

With five new compact front-drive models positioned between smart and the C-Class, Zetsche clearly expects that to change.