2011 Mercedes Benz A Class and B Class to Arrive in US

Add Mercedes-Benz to the list of automakers hoping to cash in on the small-car boom: the automaker is planning on bringing its 2011 A- and B-class subcompacts to the U.S.

The decision to bring both cars Stateside is in stark contrast to Mercedes’ previous decisions.; Although both cars were designed to meet North American crash standards, plans to launch the A- and B-class in the U.S. were abandoned in 2005.; The B-class, however, has been sold in Canada for more than three years.

Although both cars share the same platform and powertrain, the B-Class (pictured here in Michigan in early 2008), with a longer wheelbase and more interior space, may carry more appeal with American consumers.;

Should the new plan remain unchanged, Americans will be able to buy the next-generation form of the A- and B-class cars.; Like the current design, we’re expecting the new models to remain overtly compact (the current B-class is only 14 feet long) and use small-displacement four-cylinders.

Source: Automotive News