It is rumoured that DaimlerChrysler may not replace the Mercedes-Benz A-class with a new model, when a change is due in 2004. DaimlerChrysler's segment-busting small car is selling well, but its profitability is disappointing. Furthermore, the A-class will face strong competition in the future from new models inside DCX, including a four-seat Smart to be developed on a Mitsubishi car platform.