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Almost since the day that Mercedes-Benz introduced the A-class and then B-class models over a decade ago, the company has been hemming and hawing about whether to offer the cars in the U.S. market. A combination of factors – e.g., unfavorable exchange rates, limited American demand for hatchbacks – conspired to keep both models out of this market, although they have been available in Canada.

With a new generation B-class set to debut in 2011, Mercedes has been taking yet another look at offering the car here. Mercedes has been holding consumer clinics to determine whether to sell the car and, if so, with what body style. A crossover, sedan and a sporty coupe are being shown, but the hatchback apparently is not. If a B-class variant does arrive, we probably won't see it until at least 2012.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Months Ago
      Americans are so brain launderd. . If you travel to Germany you will see lots of Mercedes and BMWs used as Taxis, with industrial grade taxi interiors. There is nothing luxurious about those vehicles. To speak of "ruining" the image is only valid and laughably incorrect here in America.
      • 6 Months Ago
      wow, you guys don't have the B-class? here i am thinking the US gets all the cars and canada doesn't. i was kind of surprised when i found out about the smart car too.
      • 6 Months Ago
      PLEASE MB bring both the B-class and A-class Benz stateside. You sell them in Canada and there would be a lot of people here interested in them. Would be a perfect way also of marketing the electric Smart four two here as well as a way of introducing the new Smart four four which rumor has it is in the works perhaps as an EV. Your not cheapening your brand. Your developing brand loyality. Thats how your competitors such as VW (personal example) did it. Started owning entry level models and went up from there.
        • 6 Months Ago
        I wouldnt wish the B class on my worst enemy even the Turbo model is slower then just about everything the "luxury" interior is crappy for the kind of money they want and the MPG is terrible, I know someone that has one and they regret buying it every day.
        • 6 Months Ago
        Flappy Paddle:
        "I know someone that has one and they regret buying it every day."
        I'd regret "buying it every day", too. I would assume that a one time purchase would do. Tsk, tsk....
      • 6 Months Ago
      Sorry MB, but I think you're cheapening your brand by bringing a B-class Benz stateside. Someone who buys a $130,000 Benz isn't going to look to favorably towards your brand if someone can also buy a new Benz at $25,000.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Yeah, bring the EV SmartForTwo because the original did so well. *sarcasm alert* Maybe MB should create another division to sell their lower priced more generic cars. Kinda like Toyota is to Lexus, Nissan to Infiniti, VW to Audi etc. Otherwise yes it is cheapening your brand.