Company Car Today - Issue 54 - 26th June 2019

MERCEDES B-CLASS The first Mercedes B-Class launched in 2005 as a more practical sibling to the A-Class hatchback. Previewed by the Vision B concept car at the 2004 Paris motor show, the model (pictured) was described as an “innovative sports tourer concept” to sit beneath the larger R-Class MPV that was sold from 2006-2013. Devised to combine the advantages of sporty saloon, estate, van and SUV models in terms of space, driving experience and higher seating position, the B-Class was in a premium niche of its own until the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer launched in 2014. The second B-Class came in 2011 as an all-newmodel that shared little bar the name with its predecessor. It claimed improved materials, roomier cabin and a more dynamic appearance. It also became Mercedes’ first volume full electric car in the UK in 2014 with the B-Class Electric Drive, which was capable of 142 miles between charges, although only around 200 were reportedly sold in the UK. Mercedes’ small car range has now expanded to include hatchback and saloon versions of the A-Class, coupe and shooting brake CLA models and the GLA and GLB SUVs as well as the B-Class. The more practical sibling to the CCT100 Car of the Year A-Class is claimed by Mercedes-Benz to have evolved into a more chic and sporty model IN CONTEXT COMPANY CAR TODAY.CO.UK 12 The BigTest Themost comprehensive product review in fleet