Mercedes-Benz is one of the great luxury car brands of all time, but parent company Daimler (NASDAQOTH:DDAIF) hasn't been happy with it lately. The problem: Profits trail those at German arch-rivals Audi and BMW (NASDAQOTH:BAMXF).

CEO Dieter Zetsche is hoping to change that with an all-new Mercedes, the compact CLA sedan. But as Fool.com contributor John Rosevear points out in this video, the CLA comes with some seriously cut corners, and that may put Dr. Z's recovery strategy in peril.

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