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Mercedes-Benz B-class Coming to America

sfowle sfowle
Enthusiast | Posts: 507 | Joined: 05/06
Posted: 12/27/06
02:35 PM

We've heard word that the Mercedes-Benz B-class--an R-class-but-smaller type of hatch-wagon-thingy--is coming to America. Hatches like the Mini Cooper and Audi A3 work here, but those are cute and traditional, while the B-class looks like an expensive Scion xA or Smart ForFour. Will Americans buy it?  

JasonCammisa JasonCammisa
Administrator | Posts: 141 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 12/28/06
07:58 PM

My gut instinct says no.  High gas prices aside, I still don't think Americans are falling in love with small hatchbacks.

The B-Class is on sale in Canada already, and while I think it makes a more compelling daily driver than the Smart, I don't see it selling a million units.

Then again, with all the Canadian federalization out of the way, I doubt Mercedes will have to invest too much to get it on sale in the US -- so any sales are gravy.  

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