In 2005, the German automaker, Mercedes Benz, created the Mercedes Benz B-class which is a luxury car with an FF layout. This is a front wheel drive vehicle that makes it distinct from other models created by Mercedes Benz, and is described to be a Compact Sports Tourer.
W245 is the other name given for the first generation of the B-class. This was released in March 2005 and was created with a two box design, wherein one is for the passenger and luggage compartments, and the other one is for the drivetrain. The B-class was created in an attempt to produce a version that is battery powered so as to abide by the zero-emissions mandate of California.
A distinct feature of the B-class is its sandwich floor concept, wherein the powertrain moves beneath the passenger cell in the case of a tremendous impact. This provides safety for all the passengers, allowing it to have greater appeal to the buyers. Other notable features of the W245 include a multifunction steering wheel, a sunroof, and a parktronic among many others. There are also several safety measures installed in the car such as airbags, adaptive function for the belts, and active head restraints. Among the key competitors of Mercedes Benz B-Class include ethe BMW 1 series and the Audie A3.