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

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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.

Hand­out/ Mer­cedes-Benz

The 2015 Mer­cedes-Benz B-Class.

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