• Jorge Murillo Posted: 11/16/2009 7:01am PST

    MB has been producing the A class and B class in Europe with great success. You cannot go to Paris or any other European city and watch these smaller MBs zip around traffic. I believe if they put a very smooth automatic transmission and fuel efficient diesel model, with nice equipment they could compete in the US Market.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 11/13/2009 12:04pm PST

    Well, to be fair, this isn't a mockup of the American models that MB is planning to make, just an energy-efficient concept. However, I tapped this pic because it's modeled on the MB B-class, which is what's ultimately heading our way.

  • Bill Burke Posted: 11/13/2009 12:02pm PST

    Think it's a bad move. MB owners was a luxury image and this destroys that fantacy. Too bad these guys had such a arrogant and condecending opinion of Chrysler, who could have marketed these cars under a Dodge nameplate. Looks like it will be Fiat who will have a wide range of smaal cars redesigned in Dodge garb to fill the void. Sweet revenge!

  • R2Dad Posted: 11/13/2009 11:52am PST

    If Mercedes makes these new models diesel/electric/hybrid thingys with leather, I don't see a negative impact on the brand. But putting a massive three point star on the hood of that 019 concept seems cheesy. If the styling doesn't say "Mercedes", they've failed. Where is the imagination? If Mercedes indulged in some stylistic flair with the CLS, why couldn't they have done something interesting here? Does "more modesty in appearance" have to mean "we're targeting the blue-haired crowd"?