Mercedes-Benz has its heart set on boosting its U.S. sales by more than 20 percent, and Automotive News reports that mission may include plans for an extended range hybrid. Joachim Schmidt, head of global sales for Mercedes-Benz, said a special, U.S.-only B-Class plug-in hybrid with a range-extending electric motor may be headed to the States soon.

The vehicle would give Mercedes-Benz a suitable competitor to the Lexus CT200h, but will the B-Class Hybrid be enough to help Mercedes-Benz dethrone BMW as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States? That all depends on how many units Mercedes-Benz could move. Last year, BMW beat Mercedes-Benz by just 2,715 vehicles.

Currently the C-Class is the smallest vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz U.S. stable. European buyers have been snapping up the new B-Class since last year, and the German automaker is expected to add an even smaller A-Class to the mix soon. A new CUV may also be part of the mix in coming months, though there's no indication either of those models will make their way across the Atlantic to American buyers.


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      bobtravcomp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Send this reporter back to school. What is the estimated MPG? How much? Can one place a suitcase in the trunk or only a beirfcase? My 350 cannot handle more than one big suitcases.
      Spellchecker
      • 2 Years Ago
      The article makes it sound as if Mercedes developed the B-Class specifically to counter the Lexus CT200h. Um, no. The B-Class is now on its second generation and the A-Class will soon be on its third. These are practical and spacious small cars. Small on the outside, spacious inside. When I worked for an MB dealer a few years ago I got to drive all of them (with the exception of the A200 Turbo) and I always thought they were good cars. The A-Class was sporty and handled well, the B-Class was softer and more comfort-biased.
      Mohammed Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do companies keep developing these things when so few are sold?
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      well it won't win any beauty contests... MB does not impress me much
      alfredschrader
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know, I can take the same metals and other material used to make the car featured, and make a real car out of it....Al-
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd take a B Class over the CT any day of the week, I wouldn't even need to think about it. The CT does NOT have an interior, or powertrain befitting of a Lexus. The gauges look like they came straight out of a Corolla and the materials are not even close to Lexus levels. For those of you who can, I seriously recommend driving a A200 or B200. It will make you think differently about the lower level Mercedes vehicles.
        Helix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        CT has an excellent interior and looks much better inside and out than the B-class. The gauges out of a Corolla? Have you seen the gauges in the CT? The gauges that change from a tachometer to an eco-meter when you switch from sport to eco settings? Are you serious? This **** is getting old.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      What would this thing cost? The ct200h is around 30K, this Benz will probably be 45K.
        klcmont
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        what? 45K? The diesel B class which is an amazing car...I don't understand why they would just bring that car is only about 24K euros....
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      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      And man continues to slowly fade into irrelevancy.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        MB instead of man. AB, PLEASE give us an edit button.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
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      m2j3k1
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of those freakin Obama cars!!!!
        lizardbreath316
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m2j3k1
        Now it makes sense. Mercedes was debuting their cars with che guevera in the background. Socialism and communism spreads as the rich get richer, the politicicians get richer and government gets bigger. It is all connected.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        westjr0
        • 2 Years Ago
        then you have not had the pleasure of driving a real car
        Robert
        • 2 Years Ago
        Mercedes has a huge production plant in Alabama where 1,500 American workers produce 215,000 vehicles per year banking American dollars for American families to feed the local economy. Foreign car? Those workers don't care if the company profits prop up a Detroit fat-cat CEO or one in Germany. They have JOBS!
          jorwmu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Robert
          Well of course they're gonna build a plant here if we keep buying foreign crap & sending our $ overseas. Quit buying foreign & those same factories will be filled with Americans building Americans cars providing American jobs. And yes I would rather prop up an American CEO vs German, maybe you should leave our country since you don't support it
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is great! But: " B-Class plug-in hybrid with a range-extending electric motor " - I hope the range extending motor is a diesel......and it is the electric motor(s) driving the wheels.....
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