The Mazda3 did such wonders for the hot hatchback market that there's now a luxury version in the works. No, wait, sorry, this is just a patent image from AutoScoops for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Obviously, right?
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I still maintain that every modern car design could benefit from losing about 4 inches right around the middle of the body. Here's a quick photoshop to help my point.