Helsinki/Geneva. The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class has been voted "Winter Car of 2012" by Finland's leading car magazine, "Tekniikan Maailma". The compact sports tourer emerged victorious against 15 competitors after being subjected to a comprehensive comparative test in winter conditions. Covering a distance of 1000 kilometres, the test comprised a series of assessments of driving dynamics, braking and fuel consumption, as well as a number of criteria which are particularly relevant in winter, such as heating performance and "light and sight" features. Velimatti Honkanen, Editor-in-Chief of "Tekniikan Maailma", presented the award yesterday at the Geneva Motor Show to Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The Finnish car magazine has been conducting its punishing winter test since 1980.
The B-Class secured its leading position in particular thanks to its safe and precise handling, high levels of comfort and excellent headlamps. Featuring a new four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and turbocharger, a new diesel engine, a new dual clutch transmission and a new manual transmission along with new assistance systems, technologically the second generation of the B-Class has ushered in a new compact car era at Mercedes-Benz. High-grade materials and finely structured surfaces, fine details, precision workmanship plus safety equipment unique to the segment all help to raise the benchmark in the compact car segment.
Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Series, Test Vehicles Management, Sports Communications