Acknowledging the whims of the North American market, Mercedes is reportedly considering the development of a B-Class plug-in hybrid. This should not be a surprise since Mercedes has been saying all along that hybrids are a class of drivetrains that will be part of their offerings. As the smallest Mercedes available in the U.S. market, the B-Class will be another component of their war against their German rivals. But as other variants of the B-Class have shown, this small Mercedes is by no means an entry-level vehicle. Interior appointments and safety features are at par with those of the C- and even E-Class. With the introduction of a plug-in hybrid,… Continue Reading »
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Can’t wait for the new generation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles? Well, wait no more more! The new B-Class and M-Class are now with dealers and the deliveries will start on November 19. Joachim Schmidt, Executive VP Sales and Marketing of Mercedes-Benz cars said, “The introduction of the new B-Class and the new M-Class brings two important models to the market, each of which raises the bar in its segment that little bit further. We have every confidence that they will continue to build on the success of their predecessors and help generate further momentum in terms of sales.” The new B-Class: premium is not a matter of size Since 2005… Continue Reading »
While Mercedes-Benz has been working on bringing the B-Class to the U.S. market for over 3 years now, but the project was never realized. Mercedes-Benz may be stepping up efforts again with a new initiative – a natural gas-powered B-Class for the US consumers. They will be displaying a natural gas-powered vehicle at the Washington Auto Show this week. “We’re testing the market,” said William Craven, general manager of regulatory affairs for Daimler’s Washington, D.C. office. Craven told Automotive News that Mercedes-Benz already sells a version of the B-Class in Europe that can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). The company is displaying one of those CNG B-class… Continue Reading »
Over past few years, we’ve heard at least a half dozen stories and reports on the possibility of bring the A and B-Class to the States. We’ve even seen spy shots of the B-Class in the desert, but nothing really happened. Mercedes execs are at it again. Stephen Cannon, Vice President of Marketing at Mercedes Benz USA, stated that they are currently deciding if they should offer the successors to the A and B-Class in the US, as they are seeing and feeling a trend towards smaller cars. A final decision has not yet been made, but it is said that if one is made shortly, models could start rolling… Continue Reading »
MotorAuthority has created a rendering of the future B-Class SUV, a so called soft-road BLK. As you might have heard, the A and B-Class will not be produced in their current form, but will be replaced by four different models – a cabriolet, a coupe, an MPV, and a small SUV. The above rendered BLK will come in two trim levels – street and nature. The nature trim is for those who intend to take the BLK into a more rough and tumble sort of environment. There will also be several engine options available, like a 1.8L engine, will have 136hp, or a 180 CDI will also have 136hp.
Rainer Schmückle, Chief Operating Officer of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and Gordon Bajnai, Hungarian Minister for National Development and Economy, signed the cooperation agreement for the construction of a new Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskem©t in presence of Ferenc Gyurcsà¡ny, Prime Minister of Hungary, and Dr. Gà¡bor Zombor, the Mayor of the city of Kecskem©t. Mercedes-Benz is building the plant in order to create additional production capacity in the compact car segment, where the model range will be expanded from two to four vehicles. The plant contributes to the profitability of the product portfolio extension. . In association with the plant in Rastatt, two vehicles from the next generation of today’s A and… Continue Reading »
According to Autocar, Mercedes is working on a small crossover called the BLK, which will be part of the new A and B-Class range. It’s being prepped for a possible late 2011 launch and should compete directly with the future BMW X1 and Land Rover LRX in the small SUV segment. Sources report that the BLK will receive four-wheel drive and possibly even a FWD eco version. The eco version might just be a micro-hybrid, if they opt out for a direct hybrid. The micro-hybrid has start/stop technology to improve fuel consumption when the car is not moving. A range of four-cylinder direct-injection petrol and diesel engines are being lined… Continue Reading »