I completely agree with the idea that the CLA would sell really well before the recession.Recession was a wake up call to people.... ACT YOUR WAGE, if the CLA came out before the recession I bet there would be a ton of young people waiting to get it. Now it seems people are less inclined to dump money into a depreciating thing like a car.
MB aimed at the wrong market.
I also think that had the recession not have happened, the CLA would not have been made. It is trying to be an affordable Mercedes for younger people. If there was still access to limitless credit, Mercedes would have built a more expensive car because their customers would not have to deal with financial barriers (difficulty securing credit.)