Mercedes-Benz Canada delivers its 5,000th B-Class to Laval customer



    TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz delivered the 5,000th B-Class to
Mrs. Maria Zampini from Laval, Quebec earlier this month.
    Mrs. Zampini was a new customer to the Mercedes-Benz brand. She had been
looking for a car that would meet a broad spectrum of needs. The B-Class was
the perfect solution for her and her family.
    She said, "I had a long list of specific and important features and
characteristics I was looking for in a vehicle. I have two young children and
a family; we lead a busy and active lifestyle. I liked the look of the B-Class
and I was very impressed with just how much this vehicle has to offer: loads
of interior space, an innovative and remarkable safety construction and I knew
that with the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star on the hood, I couldn't go
wrong."
    The B-Class was first launched in Canada in October 2005. It has since
become one of Mercedes-Benz Canada's best selling models. Now, almost two
years after its introduction in this market, more than 5,300 units have been
retailed across the country.
    This sporty premium car provides exceptional ride comfort, sophisticated
safety systems, a generous amount of space, and plenty of performance. All of
this is remarkably captured in an eye-catching 4.27-metre long body. In short,
the B-Class is a completely new kind of Mercedes-Benz. The B-Class is an
intelligent sports tourer which provides 1,530 litres of usable interior
space, more than any other vehicle in its category. Features like the 60/40
split folding rear seat and an adjustable cargo floor provide loading capacity
rivaling minivans and some SUV's, making it perfect for active living.
    Available in two fun to drive configurations, the B200 or the B200 Turbo
are equipped with a 2.0 litre, in-line 4 cylinder engine that delivers 134 hp
and 193 hp respectively, for a spirited yet fuel conserving drive. The
optional CVT transmission recognizes the driver's personal driving style and
adjusts itself accordingly. The parabolic axle makes the suspension more
stable in corners and reduces tire wear.
    In the case of an accident, the unique sandwich safety concept would
force the engine and transmission to slide down along the angled pedal floor
and below the passenger compartment. The seating position is higher; it
provides better visibility and a crucial advantage in the event of a side
impact.
    Mercedes-Benz Canada President and CEO, Marcus Breitschwerdt said, "Our
research showed that there was an enthusiastic and eager Canadian demand for
an entry luxury vehicle that offered dynamic driving, spacious dimensions and
great design. The B-Class models have already done tremendously well all over
the world; there was no doubt in my mind that it would be equally successful
in Canada. The proof is before us and this is particularly evident with
younger customers who have a very active lifestyle; they just love this great
car."
    He adds, "Starting at $29,900, the B-Class has given Mercedes-Benz the
opportunity to reach and conquer a new segment of younger buyers and consumers
who may have never really thought of putting our brand on their purchase
consideration list. The B-Class was the right decision for Canada and for Mrs.
Zampini."
    Please visit the B-Class microsite at www.theanswerisb.ca for an overview
of the B-Class.





For further information:

For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550,
caza@mercedes-benz.ca

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