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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will be discontinued

From the latest interview with Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran by Automotive News, we learned that the company is letting go of its zero-emissions hatchback a.k.a. the B-Class Electric Drive effective on the third quarter of this year. It hasn’t even been three years yet since it started selling in the market in December 2013. The reason behind its departure isn’t only caused by the EV’s obvious poor sales performance, but also because Mercedes-Benz will soon to renovate its manufacturing facility in Restatt, Germany.

Details about replacing this model have not been revealed yet but the factory will be converted mainly for Mercedes Benz’s upcoming compact model range. By 2018, the German car manufacturer is looking to launch an all-new A-Class hatchback along with other compact vehicle models. While the traditionally powered B-Class maintains its production course, Mercedes sees to it that its newly developed EQ sub brand will find the new range of EVs ready for take-off. More than ten vehicles with no combustion engines are being prepared for launch all the way until 2025. All these come with an investment amounting to $11.7 Billion.

It seems Mercedes finally knows what to expect as far as electrification is involved especially after setting out the Concept EQ last 2016 in Paris. Though the concept model is actually a crossover, talks about another EQ concept are strong and it seems to be heading its way to this year’s Frankfurt Motorshow. If so, Mercedes is looking to unveil a production hatchback EV that will probably rival the BMW i3, if not exceed it. Rumors also suggest that it is set to arrive as a road-going model by 2020.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive now available to order in the UK

Interested buyers could now order the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which is capable of cruising up to 142 miles on a single charge. It is also capable of accelerating from zero to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds. The EV features Tesla-developed technology and its electric motor generates 180 hp of max output and 340 Nm of torque – powered by lithium-ion batteries tightly fitted under the B-Class Electric Drive.

This setting allows the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive to retain its benchmark cabin room and boot space. Available in two model lines – Sport and Electric Art – the five-passenger B-Class Electric Drive features a boot with a capacity of 501 liter, which could be hiked to 1,456 liters if the seats are folded down.

When the power is depleted, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive could be fully charged via a wall box at home for up to nine hours. For those who wanted a faster recharging, they do so by driving to a public charging station and change their B-Class Electric Drive for between three and four hours.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift prepares for 2014 Paris Motor Show

Besides the 2015 CLA, Mercedes-Benz also unveiled the 2015 B-Class Facelift, an updated version of its well-known sports tourer. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift has a starting price of 27,102 euros (B180) and can be easily recognized thanks to the redesigned front bumper, the wide radiator trim featuring two louvres, as well as thanks to the new headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights.

At the rear, we find new LED High Performance headlamps available as an option (not on the B-Class Electric Drive or Natural Gas Drive) and a new bumper fitted with a contoured covering and an additional chrome strip. Inside, the vehicle can be fitted with a new 8-inch head unit display and gets a new ambient lightning system offering 12 colours.

Keyless-Go is available as an option too. For the 2015MY, the B-Class is offered with three new design and equipment lines - Style, Urban and AMG Line - but also with the Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will cost $41,450 in the US

As BMW announced that the i3 will cost $41,350 in the United States, Mercedes-Benz is preparing to take on its German rival with the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive. According to the official press release, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will cost $41,450. Based on the standard B-Class, the B-Class Electric Drive uses a Tesla drive system that generates 177 hp (132 kW) and a maximum torque of 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) of torque.

With these numbers, the B-Class Electric Drive accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 100 mph or 160 km/h. Power supply to the electric drive is delivered via a lithium-ion battery, located in the “Energy Space” in the underfloor of the vehicle.

Depending on the driving cycle, the battery offers a range of 85 miles or 137 km/h. For a range of 60 miles (96 km/h) can be charged at 240V in the United States in less than 2 hours, while a full recharge takes about 3.5 hours. The charge socket is located behind the conventional fuel door.

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Mercedes-Benz has commenced series production of the B-class Electric Drive that will arrive in the United States this summer and in Europe later this year. The B-class Electric Drive – Daimler’s second battery powered vehicle next to the Smart ForTwo EV – could travel up to around 200 km (124 miles) in a single charge and could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph).

Mercedes developed the model in partnership with Tesla Motors. It is ran by a Tesla-sourced front-mounted electric motor that provides up to 174 hp.

The motor, in turn, is powered by Tesla's 28.0-kWh lithium-ion battery mounted low in the floor between the front and rear seats. The battery is housed in a step in the cabin floor that doesn’t affect space inside.

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Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the delivery of over 1 million B-Class since the sports tourer was launched in 2005. The B-Class has been logging a good performance in Germany and is currently considered the market leader in the compact MPV sector. Mercedes considered Germany as the largest market for the B-Class, followed by China.

According to Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Marketing & Sales, the B-Class is the perfect combination of “sporty design, impressive driving dynamics and incomparable driving comfort,” making it popular with customers. Källenius noted that the current B-Class model is allowing Mercedes to penetrate the most diverse customer groups, “from families with children to active seniors.”

B-Class also proved popular with fleet customers, being voted Corporate Car of the Year in 2013. Likewise, the most popular engines for the B-Class are the B 180 petrol and diesel engines, each accounting for around 30 percent of sales. Around 50 percent of B-Class vehicles sold come with a navigation and infotainment system.

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The A-class and B-class range of German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz is now broader with the addition of new 'ECO SE' and all-wheel-drive variants that offer impressive fuel economy. The new ECO SE economy models will replace the A180 CDI SE and B180 CDI SE manual variants. Mercedes claims that the A180 CDI ECO SE has an average fuel consumption of 78.5 miles per gallon and emissions of 92 grams per km.

Meanwhile, the outgoing model returns 74.3 mpg and emits 98g/km of carbon dioxide. The same improvements were applied to the Mercedes B180 CDI ECO SE, with fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg and emissions level of 98g/km of carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, the outgoing model returns 68.9 mpg and emits 108g/km of carbon dioxide. As a result, both are now free to tax, as opposed to only the A-class.

The new A-class and B-class ECO SE models also benefit from low company car tax bands. Set to become available in January 2014, the ECO SE models received aerodynamic enhancements, some weight-saving measures and powertrain modifications so that it will become more efficient without sacrificing performance. Mercedes said that the power, torque, top speed and acceleration figures of both models are unchanged.

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Yesterday we’ve told you that i3 demand makes BMW think at a production boost but it appears that the competition is not sleeping at all. Daimler Research and Development chief Thomas Weber believes that the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 as well as other competitors.

According to the same Weber, the new B-Class Electric Drive will be at least as competitive as other electric vehicles.

Moreover, the new B-Class Electric Drive will have a range of 200 km (124 mph) while the top speed achieved will be 160 km/h or 100 mph. With a maximum torque of over 300 Nm, the B-Class Electric Drive will be capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds.

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Today, Mercedes-Benz premiered the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Based on the standard B-Class the new electric vehicle is powered by an electric motor delivering more than 100 kW and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. As a result, the B-Class electric drive sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 10 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 100 mph or 160 km/h.

Moreover, depending on the respective driving cycle, the range is around 115 miles (200 km). Charging time for a range of about 60 miles (100 km) is less than 2 hours at 240 V/40 A.

As expected, the B-Class Electric Drive is capable to convert kinetic energy into electric current in deceleration mode and during braking and feeding this energy into the battery. The charging socket is inconspicuously installed behind the charging flap.

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Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new plug-in electric version of the second-generation B-class at the Paris Motor Show. The almost production-ready MPV was made with the cooperation of Tesla. It gives us a preview of the B-class Electric Drive that’s due to be offered in selected markets starting in early 2014.

This project is include in a new-product offensive of broad based zero emission models, which include the SLS Electric Drive.

It’s probable that this new car would be offered on an extended monthly lease scheme similar to the one used on the Smart Electric Drive. It will feature an electric motor positioned where the B-class’s various four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are placed.

Read the entire article 2012 Paris Motor Show: Mercedes-Benz introduces the Concept B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz has given us a view of the new plug-in electric version of the second-generation B-class before it is officially launched later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The near-to-production-ready MPV was built with the cooperation of Tesla. It presages the B-class Electric Drive that will be offered in certain markets starting in early 2014.

This model is part of Mercedes-Benz’s campaign for the Paris show to launch a barrage of zero emission models. This new car would probably be available with an extended monthly lease scheme comparable to what the Smart Electric Drive has. This electric motor is positioned in the space that’s frequently intended for the different four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines of the B-class.

The brushless unit has an output of 134bhp and 228lb ft torque. The motor’s electrical energy comes from a lithium ion battery pack of a still-undetermined capacity located low on the floor of the front-wheel drive B-class’s platform before the rear axle.

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Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the petrol engines powering its A- and B-Class already meet the required emission limits as set by EURO 6, two years before the standard comes into effect on September 1, 2014. As a matter of fact, Mercedes engines have already undercut the particulate limits being introduced for the first time for petrol engines.

Mercedes also offers to recode models that have already been delivered to buyers. The direct-injection petrol engines in the A 180, A 200 and A 250, and their corresponding models in the B-Class were able to undercut the emission limits thanks especially to advanced Mercedes-Benz technology.

The technology also enabled direct-injection petrol engines to undercut the strict particle number limit of 6 x 1011 per km, which would only become compulsory in 2017 on the second stage of EURO 6.

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By 2014, Mercedes-Benz would already start offering an electric version of its new B-class compact in the U.S., according to an insider. The EV will be built on a new front-wheel-drive platform and will utilize battery packs, electric motor and other parts provided by Tesla Motors.

Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, spoke to a Daimler source, who said that the company seeks to offer one more battery-powered unit to the market. An electric version of the Smart ForTwo is available from Daimler, which holds a 4.7% stake in Tesla. The battery packs are supplied by Tesla for the second-generation Smart EV.

In the fall, Daimler will start the production of the third-generation Smart EV, with the use of its own batteries and electric motor. Furthermore, the source said that it intends to offer a B-class hybrid in 2014, which will have a small internal combustion engine since the range-extender has been postponed. The source said that zero-emission vehicles get more favorable classifications and higher incentives than vehicles with a range extender.

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The latest B-Class iPad Brochure app from Mercedes-Benz is a first for the showroom environment. It features the newest in augmented reality with full-scale experience layers information directly on the vehicle itself. The interactive app utilizes iPad's ability to inform and to entertain. With this app, the B-Class can come to life for prospective B-Class buyer to explore.

Those who are looking for a visual kick, the model lines section enables a convenient and fast way to compare the SE trim with the Sport 'slide by slide' from three exterior angles. One can see thousands of personalization choices by using the configurator. There are many customer-specific interior and exterior color choices, design specification additions, wheel options and trim line options. 

App users can save and share their ideal B-Class. A handy Retailer Locator tool will direct them to the nearest retailer if they wish to learn more or explore further into the augmented reality in the comfort of their local showroom. The app has every feature which a potential B-Class buyer could wish to learn about the new model such as price list as well as all the information seen in a conventional paper brochure. 

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Brabus is offering several upgrade packages for the redesigned Mercedes-Benz B-Class that has only started to be released in Europe. Brabus, which is a prominent tuning firm for the brand, has announced these packages even as it has yet to finish its engine modifications for this new compact people mover.

Brabus is offering an aero body kit that has a front spoiler and rear apron with integral diffuser, shrouding a stainless-steel exhaust system with quad chrome tailpipes. Ride height is lower by 1.2 inches, made possible with a set of sport springs.

It comes with a choice of five wheel designs, in sizes from 17-19 inches, and with performance rubber from Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama.

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Small-sized Mercedes-Benz M-Class and B-Class cars are now also available – as miniatures. The M-Class and B-Class detailed miniatures are now part of the Mercedes-Benz Collection and are available with immediate in 1:87, 1:43 and 1:18 scales. The miniatures carry the same paintwork colors and special equipment features as their full-sized originals, to assure authenticity of the items.

The miniatures in 1:43 and 1:18 scales carry the same interior trims of the real ones, depending on the paintwork colors. The front doors, tailgate, bonnet and boot lid of the 1:18 miniatures can be opened. Meanwhile the rear seat bench in the B-Class model can be folded forward.

Company's collection comes in Mercedes-Benz designer packaging, with a bonus screwdriver for the 1:18 scale models for easy removal from its screw-fastened packaging.

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For those who thought that Mercedes-Benz will launch an AMG version of the B-Class we have bad news as the German manufacturer has a completely different plan. Although media reports stated that an AMG B-Class is on its way, it appears that Mercedes-Benz was in fact testing the new AMG version of the upcoming A-Class. That’s right, the B-Class was in fact an A-Class AMG test mule.

Moreover, an insider already confirmed the fact that the AMG B-Class is interesting but this car is not suitable for traditional AMG customers. Furthermore, the new A-Class AMG will be powered by a twin-scroll 2.0-litre direct-injection engine delivering up to 320 hp, mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.

The new AMG A-Class will also feature a Haldex-style four-wheel drive system with a multi-plate clutch.

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We have the chance now to personalize the Mercedes-Benz B-Class even further with the extensive lineup of accessories that the company is offering. These features include mobile phone cradles and portable Rear Seat Entertainment system. Also available are parking aids like the Quickpark acoustic warning system and a reversing camera. Another retrofit option is the new COMAND Online system -- with or without DVD changer.

The Audio 20 Radio can also be converted into a powerful navigation system with 3D map views, thanks to the Becker MAP PILOT navigation system.

Options for exterior enhancements include rim locks, light-alloy wheels, hub caps and valve caps. For the interiors, stainless steel pedal covers and leather steering wheel are options. There is also an array of child seats for every age group.

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Infiniti’s debut of the Etherea Concept means that it is prepared to take on rivals such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series with a new compact hatchback that is currently in development. This car’s underpinnings will be borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz parts bin. The technology partnership between Nissan/Renault and Daimler involves use of the front-wheel-drive platform built for Benz’s A- and B-Class family.

It’s believed that this Infiniti hatch will be built on its own version of the platform. The design used by Infiniti’s compact will be unusual for a five-door hatchback.

It has less of a two-box shape like that of the Audi A3. It’s likely that this may mean that Infiniti will be offering a small, low crossover. But what’s more probable is that this will be regular car that has a fastback profile. Its basic powertrains will be gasoline while in Europe, diesel will be offered. However, it’s possible that Infiniti will offer a version that’s either a hybrid or fully electric version.

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Mercedes-Benz fans in the U.S. will surely be glad about Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche’s statement that all five variants of the new Mercedes-Benz compact A- and B-Class family will be available in the U.S. The first of these five variants will start selling in 2013 but Mercedes has yet to announce if it’s the A or B class.

Mercedes-Benz introduced the next-generation B class four-door, the first member of the family, at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. This model will be offered in the U.S., according to Autonews. The features of the second-generation B-class include an all-new four cylinder engine with direct injection and turbocharging.

It is also available with a new diesel engine. Mercedes-Benz claims that the redesigned B-class would be the most spacious car in its class and will come with advanced assist systems, radar based collision warning system and PRE-SAFE.

Read the entire article U.S. may receive the Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class family, says Dieter Zetsche