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A&B Coming to America

Looks like the next Gen A and B series will be heading to America afterall.

According to a new article in Automotive News, Mercedes-Benz chairman Dieter Zetsche has indicated that America will likely receive the next A-class and B-class. As you may recall, the latter was scheduled for U.S. consumption earlier, but plans were scuttled due to the weak dollar.

With rising fuel prices driving up demand for small cars in America, Mercedes is evidently reevaluating the business plan for the front-drive subcompacts. The next generation models are due in 2011, and the lineup is expected to see both a coupe and a small crossover variant.

It is unclear whether the next A and B will arrive commensurate with their European counterparts or whether all models in the range will make the trip to U.S. shores, but with flat sales of some of Mercedes’ more profit-rich models like the M-class, officials at the Three-Pointed Star are obviously keen to grab downsizing buyers, and perhaps grab a few premium-minded buyers who might otherwise be looking at the Toyota Prius for a green statement.
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Oh. They still have time to think about it.

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Ugly Car

Sorry, I just don't like it.
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great size , very popular in europe , think we would do well with b class
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What would the base price be of B-class in the US, approximately?

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C-Class starts at just over 30k, I doubt these will be under 25k, so really there's no point because they won't sell well.
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What would the base price be of B-class in the US, approximately?
In Canada, base B starts at Cdn$29,900; so considering the price disparity with the US (we pay a lot more), B should sell like 25K in the US or less.

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Sorry, I just don't like it.
Then you probably think that the R class is ugly also. Different strokes for different folks.

The B class does unique things that many other Benz models can't. It carries 2 bikes upright and secure inside while carrying 2 kayaks on top and tons more room inside for whatever.
Tons of safety included in a smallish outside package.
Canadians have been enjoying the B class since the fall of 2005. I always get more than 45 mpg, so that alone should make you consider a second look.
The US is one of the few countries without it and its nothing like a C class and should never be compared to the C.
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This is the fuel consumption that some can expect from the B class.

5.3 l/100km =53mpg. IMP=44mpg. US
5.6 l/100km =50mpg. IMP=42mpg. US

I'm very satisfied.
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