To keep down costs, Mercedes-Benz used many parts and systems from its other cars for the new B class entry-premium model.
More than 60 percent of the B-class components are shared with other Mercedes cars, said Thomas Weber, the companys head of r&d. The B class has the Comand electronics system, which controls the stereo, satellite navigation and telephone, plus other electronic components from the C- and E-class models.
Using systems from these more upscale models meant Mercedes could offer consumers options on the B class that we could not normally afford to offer, said Jörg Prigl, B-class program manager.
The A class shares most of its systems and components – including most of its powertrain and some chassis systems – with the B class.
The B and A class also share parts from component makers such as suspension systems and the front axle cradle from ThyssenKrupp Automotive; wiring systems from Leoni; and Valeos Ultrasonic Park Assist. Decoma assembles the front-end module for both cars.
– Alex Graham