Mercedes B-Class

Mercedes B-Class

The Mercedes B-Class E-Cell Plus Concept was officially introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show with an eye towards production sometime in 2014. The electric B-Class concept carries the same exterior and interior dimensions as that of the standard B-Class , including the five-seat interior lay-out.

As you can imagine, the notable difference between the two lies in the powertrain. Whereas the regular B-Class carries a fuel powertrain, the B-Class E-Cell is powered by a permanently excited synchronous machine that develops 136 horsepower of maximum power and 95 horsepower of contiguous power. On top of that, the B Class E Cell-Plus also has a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged range extender engine, producing an output of 50 kW (65 horsepower) at 3,500 rpm while also being used to re-charge the vehicle’s battery. Then there’s the lithium-ion battery, which the B-Class E-Cell also has and can be recharged through a socket and a 3.3 kW board charger.

All in all, the vehicle can sprint from 0-62 mph in 11 seconds with a top speed of 93 mph and a CO2 emissions level of 32g/km. The electric range of the concept allows the car to run for just 62 mph, although thanks to the vehicle’s internal combustion engine, that range can be extended up to 600 km (373 miles)

No word yet on how much Mercedes is thinking of pricing the vehicle. Since production has been set for 2014, expect the announcement to come at a much later date.

Mercedes officially unveiled the new generation B-Class in Germany at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model has received a completely redesigned exterior and interior design, as well as a new engine line-up.

The Mercedes B-Class is the larger of the company’s two compact models, the smaller model being the A-Class. It has undergone significant changes to gain some attention out on the market, including redesigned front and rear ends. The aerodynamic changes provide a significant improvement, allowing the B-Class to deliver an outstanding drag coefficient of 0.26.

Power for the 2012 Mercedes B-Class consists of a new four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and turbocharging and a new diesel engine. These engines come with a new dual clutch transmission, a new manual transmission, and new assistance systems.

The new B-Class will go on sale in November 2011.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mercedes B-Class.

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The mad mechanics from Mercedes high end tuning arm of AMG are at it once again. Instead of preparing a brand new CLS63 AMG or putting the finishing touches on the C63 AMG Black Series; the trainees are up to no good with some spare parts and an idea.

The innocent Mercedes B-Class is about to receive a serious upgrade from some talented young men and women. A plant manager at an AMG assembly shop is testing his students by giving them a task they can really sink their teeth into. Peter Wesp thought up the challenge and ended up having some of his talented staff take on the project.

Andreas Wurz is a foreman in the technical vocational training department and it was his idea that lent to such a sinister B-class being built. Specific plans were put together, parts gathered and work started on the B55 AMG.

Hit the jump for more details on the B55 AMG.

Source: Mercedes

"Everyone wants to be Mercedes-Benz," said Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. Either Mercedes is getting a little cocky or they are just that confident about their plans for the future. They have already announced plans to build a new generation B-Class for the 2012 model year and now they have confirmed that not only will the hatchback version come to the U.S. market, but so will a coupe, a crossover, and a sedan version. These will be the first FWD models Mercedes will sell on the US market.

The next B-class will also be seeing some changes under the hood. Mercedes has taken advantage of the Renault -Nissan partnership and has had them develop new three- and four-cylinder engines with turbos and gasoline direct injection. The four-cylinder engines will be the first to see U.S. soil in a Mercedes product since no other four-cylinder Mercedes has been offered in the States.

In a previous interview, Dr. Joachim Schmidt, head of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz, commented on the upcoming A- and B-Class models, noting that, "In the next couple of years, we will launch additional cars where we don’t currently have predecessors. Our current A-Class and B-Class will be replaced by a new platform for four totally different cars defining new segments for Mercedes." He added, “If you want young customers, you need to have a brand that is sexy and sporty. The reason we didn’t get this customer before was, in my opinion, not a brand issue, but a product issue." We can only guess that they are just that confident in their future products.

Source: Autoweek
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Although the current B-Class has little relevance to us Americans, Mercedes plans to make up to 3 B-Classes for the US market in the future. And to give you a taste of what might be hitting the states, here’s a spy shot of the 2012 B-Class out in the wild.

The B-Class caught in the photos is a hatchback version which is the only model confirmed for the U.S. so far. A sedan and SUV version are still under consideration over in Germany, but we hear a hatchback is also a possibility. Sadly, these new photos are the only news of the 2012 B-Class. Engine setups are still to be determined, but with everyone going green, expect a hybrid version.

Dr. Joachim Schmidt, head of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz , commented on the upcoming A- and B-Class models, noting that, "In the next couple of years, we will launch additional cars where we don’t currently have predecessors. Our current A-Class and B-Class will be replaced by a new platform for four totally different cars defining new segments for Mercedes." He added, “If you want young customers, you need to have a brand that is sexy and sporty. The reason we didn’t get this customer before was, in my opinion, not a brand issue, but a product issue.”

The next generation B-Class is set to launch next year as a 2012 model, with a US model expected a year or two later.

Source: LeftLaneNews

The German automaker Mercedes Benz has just revealed the new B-Class F-Cell, the company’s first full size production ready fuel cell powered EV to hit the road, with deliveries scheduled to begin in Europe and the U.S. next spring. The B-Class F-Cell is propelled by an electric motor that is on par with a conventional 2.0 Liter internal combustion engine. The electrically charged bundle of wound wires and magnets provides a maximum output of 136 HP and 214 lb-ft of torque fed juice by a powerful trio of high voltage lithium ion battery packs.

Mercedes B-Class F-Cell

The electric motor is combined with three 700-bar hydrogen storage tanks that is used to run the fuel cell. Each tank holds just under 4 kilograms of the liquid hydrogen fuel and can cover a range of up to 400 kilometers with the tanks topped off, now this is more than twice as far as the previous A-Class F‑Cell from Mercedes. The best part is, unlike a pure BEV that can take all night to fully charge, the F-Cell’s tanks can be filled in less than three minutes at any standard refueling station so that you can get back on your way.

Press release after the jump.

The German automaker Mercedes Benz will unveil the pre-production version BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS Electric Car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The E-Cell is an electric vehicle that according to the manufacturer can travel ut to 100 kilometers on electricity alone.

Mercedes Concept BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS will be at Frankfurt

The BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS is powered by a 18 kWh lithium-ion battery that is recharged by a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 67 hp. The battery is connected to an electric motor that produces 100 kw. The concept sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in just 11 seconds and can hit a top speed of 93 MPH.

Mercedes Concept BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS will be at Frankfurt

During rapid charging with a charging capacity of 20 kW, the high-performance, 18 kWh lithium-ion battery of the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS can store enough power within around 30 minutes for a 50 kilometre cruising range. The complete electric range of 100 kilometres requires a charging time of somewhat more than an hour. Charging time with a standard charge cycle at a conventional household outlet with 3.3 kW is approximately 6 hours.

Press release after the jump.

Mercedes will unveil at the Detroit Auto Show the Concept BlueZERO. This a modular concept that allows three models with different drive configurations: the BlueZERO E-CELL with battery-electric drive and a range of up to 200 kilometres using electric drive alone, the BlueZERO F-CELL (fuel cell) with a range of 250 miles using electric drive and the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS with electric drive and additional internal combustion engine as power generator (range extender). Mercedes seems to be very serious about the possibilities about getting this car into production.

Mercedes Concept BlueZERO

All three BlueZERO variants share the same key technical components, while the design and vehicle dimensions are identical. Measuring just 4.22 metres in length, the BlueZERO models combine compact exterior dimensions with a generously proportioned and variable interior and luggage compartment.

Mercedes Concept BlueZERO

All three BlueZERO models feature front-wheel drive. It is powered by a modular system that includes a liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries with a storage capacity of up to 35 kWh and the compact electric motor with a maximum output of 134 hp (continuous output 93 hp), which develops a peak torque of 320 Nm. All three variants accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 11 seconds. Their top speed is electronically limited to 93 mph.

Press release after the jump.

Mercedes wants to make sure that those who need to downsize their cars don’t have to miss their SUVs. That’s why future A-Class and B-Class will have multiple versions, including (according to AutoCar) a small soft-roader, provisionally called BLK. It is supposed to be launched in 2011 and set to compete with models like the forthcoming BMW X1 and Land Rover LRX .

The BLK will be based on the B-Class and will be offered as a four-wheel drive model. It should have a range of four-cylinder direct-injection gas and diesel engines, sized between 1.6 liters and 2.2 liters.

Source: AutoCar

Mercedes is the latest victim of high gas prices and a slowing U.S. economy. Sales in USA went down in the past few months and big gas-guzzling cars can’t be sold. As already reported, Mercedes sees its future in small cars around the world, and now it seems the USA may be a part of the plan. This is why the company is considering bringing the A-Class and B-Class here, probably sometime in 2011.

The move may help give Mercedes a much needed sales boost. "We have had higher list-price increases than our competitors, and we will continue to go for pricing and lose some volume rather than see our contributions deteriorate," Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes Benz said in a conference call last week.

The new generation of the front-wheel-drive subcompacts, due in 2011, will include a small crossover and a coupe. Those models are expected to come to the United States to compete with BMW’s 1 series and a future BMW crossover dubbed the X1, as well as small SUVs from Volkswagen and Audi. An electric car also is expected.

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