Mercedes-Benz to discontinue B-Class in Canada after 2019
After 14 years on the market here, compact hatchback will get the axe as other small Benzes arrive
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class compact hatchback will no longer be available in Canada after the 2019 model year, following a 14-year sales run, because the brand plans to field several similar models in the same segment in the near future.
“The two generations of the B-Class have done very well in Canada. For several years, the highly practical and acclaimed B-Class Sports Tourer was our only entry level model and it successfully brought many new customers to our brand,” explains MercedesBenz Canada spokesperson JoAnne Caza.
“However, in the last few years, we have introduced several other compelling models in that same segment which have provided different types of options to our Canadian consumers.”
The s A-Class hatchback and sedan, soon to arrive in Canada, will not replace the B-Class, Caza said, but that car and “several new models that will be launched in the not-toodistant future” will make the B redundant.
At its launch in North America in 2005, the B-Class was made available only in Canada, and was not sold in the United States until its second generation. Even then, it was only as an electric vehicle, and was discontinued in the U.S. in 2017.
Sales remained fairly steady through its 14 years in Canada, though, with the number sold hovering around 3,000 per year shortly after its introduction and peaking at 3,207 in 2008 and 2013; but dropping to an average of 2,400 per annum after the model was refreshed five years ago.
With only three months left in 2018, sales so far this year are a more dismal 1,110, according to GoodCarBadCar.
The B-Class will continue to be sold in Europe, Japan and other global markets.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class.