Put your condescension away, this is a conversation. A psychological one at that. The sub $30K CLA was a myth to begin with, so the question is WHY. Was mercedes losing cash producing them at that prce point, thus attempting to grease the margins, or was dipping below the $30K hard deck hurting the perception of their brand. LExus and BMW have both taken shots at the dip below indirectly.Likely it will, but will it matter? does the price increase in the CLA matter?... not at all.
It's not like it will cause someone to revise their buying options and look elsewhere. Price increase of the CLA will be easy to absorb (same with the GLA), if not, act your wage and get something you can actually afford.