Merc B-Class

Merc B-Class launched at the Geneva Motor Show
http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichelin/gbr/tpl/mag4/art20050301/htm/rte_geneve_classe_B.htm
AGAIN NO UPRIGHT STAR. Grrrrr.
DAS
B Class: Mercedes Compact Sports Tourer
It is no secret that Mercedes is the driving force behind DaimlerChrysler (in 2003, it made a profit of 3.1 billion euros). This is why Mercedes is permanently garnering projects and renewing its range, with 10 major new models expected by 2008. The Mercedes B Class project was already introduced at the Paris International Motor Show (under the name of Vision B), and positions the German manufacturer in the compact people carrier market, in direct competition with the Renault Scιnic, Vauxhall/Opel Zafira and Ford Focus C-Max. Big brother of the A Class, this new people carrier will be 43 cm/17 in longer (4.27 m/14 ft in total) but no more than 1.60 m/5.2 ft high, hence the more sporty aerodynamics. It will have a spacious boot (525 dm3/18.5 ft3) and a cabin with room for 5, with a panoramic glass sunroof and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Modularity, on the other hand, is a little disappointing since the back seats are not independent and you have to make do with a standard bench seat.
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WHY can't we det the A-class in the U.S.?
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Rumor has it that we won't get the B-Class here, either.
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George Bush has a "strong dollar" policy, haven't you heard?
Someday maybe.
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Maybe instead of politics, it actually has to do with MBZ's marketing strategy in the US. The A-Class did not fit, and finally someone woke up and realized the B-Class did not, either.
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According to DC, they were planning to start importing the B class this year ('05) but due to the strength of the euro relative to the dollar this strategy became untenable.
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Would have sworn that I saw a TV news report indicating that the A class was coming. In the mean time, some group independent of MBUSA was certifying the cars and bringing them in. Anyone else see this?
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ZAP of Santa Rosa, California is selling the fully homologated smart ForTwo here in the USA. So far have over 3.500 units been ordered since its introduction last November.
http://www.zapworld.com/about/news/news_smartCar.asp
It is very possible that a registered importer is petitioning with NHTSA to imort and homologate the A-Class for sale in the USA. My understanding is that B-Class is being postponed due to weaker dollar and stronger euro, making them unfesasible. That is unless DaimlerChrysler organised the production in Brasil where the C-Class for North American market are built.
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Ask the marketing director of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars division.
Try Stuttgart switchboard telephone +49 711-170.
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No class. The C230K is low brow enough.
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