Call it brand debasement or call it a practical approach to a changing marketplace. Whatever you call it, we're talking about a confirmation Mercedes-Benz is designing its next B-Class for sale in the US. Back in 2005, an unfavorable currency exchange led the company to shelve plans to bring the diminutive, high-roof B-Class stateside. Now an executive says it's go time. Still, it's unclear whether a luxurious small car between the Chevrolet Aveo and Toyota Corolla in size would catch on in the land of Lohan. C'mon, the help needs Mercs too. [Bloomberg]
We've had them for a while now here in Canada, where the average Joe tends to be far more accepting of "premium" compacts and hatchbacks. Even still, there's barely any of the things on the road around here (though I can't speak for certain about the rest of the country). I can't see it being a big hit stateside.