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Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:32 am

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class has reached the end of the road in the United States. Mercedes-Benz will halt U.S. sales of the slow-selling crossover after the 2012 model year, although the R-Class will remain available in some global markets, such as Canada, Mexico (and some other Latin American countries), and China where the R-class is much more popular in the marketplace.

Mercedes USA spokespersons confirmed today that the R-Class will NOT return to U.S. dealerships for the 2013 model year. The minivan-like crossover has been a slow seller in the U.S. since launching in 2005, but sales have declined recently “to the extent that we can no longer make the business case for continuing to offer the R-Class.” according to Mercedes spokepersons. The firm has only sold about 300 units of the R-Class in the U.S. so far in 2012. Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant will continue to assemble the R-Class through 2015, when the next-generation M-class crossover vehicle will begin production at the plant.

Source: http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoram...duction-175154672.html?cache=clear
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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:24 am

Good riddance. Should have done this a while ago.
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Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:36 pm

Good for MB!!

They should move production where these vehicles can be sold  

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Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:42 pm

We took a road trip in one a few years ago in the USA. Outside of the fact it used a ton of fuel, I have to say it was one of the best cars I have ever been in. And that is saying something.
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Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:19 pm

Good! I did not like that thing.
 
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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:39 pm

The US is such a unique market, you never know what is going to make it there or not. Of all the MB products I always saw the R as the most US oriented product.
 
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Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:08 pm

Interesting that its going to stay in Canada but not in the USA. Of course our two markets are slightly different but generally automakers offer the same models in both.
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Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:41 pm

It seems to me that M-B has been making some important decisions to keep up profitability long term. A month or so ago, they decided to ditch in 2013 the Maybach line cars, also due to very slow sales. One has to wonder too if the long-term economic changes and the need to reduce the number of less fuel efficient models to meet US and Euro standards for fuel efficiency are also pushing these decisions.
 
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Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:57 pm

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 7):
the need to reduce the number of less fuel efficient models to meet US and Euro standards for fuel efficiency are also pushing these decisions

Does the US have fuel efficiency standards per say? I have always seen the US as the less fuel efficient nation in the developed world.
 
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Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:09 am

Family had one on a fairly short lease early when it first came out. On a great deal they needed to get them on the road.

Is it a good looking car? no
Is it the best driving car? No
Was it a fantastic/ absolute pleasure to sit in on long highway trips or even the trip to the mall. YES.

Would never want to be driving one as a daily car, but most comfortable family car I have ever been in.
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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:24 am

I think M-B is ending the R-Class sales in the USA for one reason: they're preparing to bring over the B-Class hatchback to the US market, probably arriving in late calendar year 2013 as the facelifted version of the current model arrives, powered by a new 2.1-liter turbodiesel engine rated at around 175-180 bhp as one of the US-market model options. And it will be built at M-B's Tuscaloosa, AL plant.
 
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Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:33 am

Quoting bogota (Reply 8):
Does the US have fuel efficiency standards per say? I have always seen the US as the less fuel efficient nation in the developed world.

Search for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE). CAFE has been around since 1978.
 
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Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:04 pm

All the haters probably never sat it in, never drove it, nor have a large enough family to make proper use of it, the R class is a brilliant vehicle for moving a 5 or 6 person family in comfort with luggage. If they diodn't cost over 1 million NOK for the base model my wife would be driving one today.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:08 am

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 7):
One has to wonder too if the long-term economic changes and the need to reduce the number of less fuel efficient models to meet US and Euro standards for fuel efficiency are also pushing these decisions.

Thus, the reason Mercedes USA will sell the B-class here in the US in 2013. The auto press says that the first B-class model to be sold here will be a four-door sedan with a coupelike roofline, with styling influences from the swoopy Mercedes CLS. That new B-class sedan is schedule to debut at the 2012 New York International auto show in early April. Personally, I think that the B-class 5-door hatch with a diesel motor would be a big hit with well-heeled younger M-B buyers, and should be the first model sold here. We shall see what happens at the NY Auto Show....
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Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:44 am

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 13):
Thus, the reason Mercedes USA will sell the B-class here in the US in 2013. The auto press says that the first B-class model to be sold here will be a four-door sedan with a coupelike roofline, with styling influences from the swoopy Mercedes CLS. That new B-class sedan is schedule to debut at the 2012 New York International auto show in early April. Personally, I think that the B-class 5-door hatch with a diesel motor would be a big hit with well-heeled younger M-B buyers, and should be the first model sold here. We shall see what happens at the NY Auto Show....

Are you sure you're not referring to the US-market version of the A-Class, the hatchback version was just unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show a few weeks ago? Mercedes-Benz has said the US market will get some variant of the A-Class, and what you described could be the A-Class sedan with its coupe-like roofline that some have speculated about.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:55 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 14):
Are you sure you're not referring to the US-market version of the A-Class, the hatchback version was just unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show a few weeks ago?

The A-class is not currently in the Mercedes product plan/offering for the US market (nor do I expect it to ever be sold here - the Smart line, which is also made by Mercedes, is too close in size). There has been a persistent rumor that the A-class would be sold here for model year 2014, but Mercedes has squashed that rumor. AutoWeek.com is where I got the information on the initial B-class sedan that is supposed to look like a mini CLS. No pics of this model yet - it will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on April 4.

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Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:56 am

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 15):
the Smart line, which is also made by Mercedes, is too close in size

Smart seats 2, A Class seats 4/5 with luggage, Smart and A Class are not close in size or market position.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:14 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 12):
All the haters probably never sat it in, never drove it, nor have a large enough family to make proper use of it, the R class is a brilliant vehicle for moving a 5 or 6 person family in comfort with luggage. If they diodn't cost over 1 million NOK for the base model my wife would be driving one today.

Could not agree more with you Kiwi  , just amazing the prices you guys have to pay in Norway  Wow!.. many people here refer to the ML instead of the R, here in Canada the R cost just a bit more then the ML   however for a family of 5 the ML is small, interior (front and 1 row) are basically the same include the GL as well   the huge difference is the body style.....

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 16):
Smart seats 2, A Class seats 4/5 with luggage, Smart and A Class are not close in size or market position.


Yep, I have been bugging my dealer for the last 3-4 years as to why the heck they do not bring the A class to Canada!! first they explained to me that it is because of the smart   and they believe it would take sales away from smart, however I believe they just want to wait until Canadians are ready for the A class... the B class sells very well and they are happy with the numbers sold   and I am sure in the near future we will see the A class in Canada. In the US different story, do not think they will accept even a B class MB... too small, not a V6 or V8 and A & B class MB's are not real MB's   anyhow  

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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:25 pm

Wasn't the R-class developed together with the Dodge Journey in the time that we spoke of Daimler-Chrysler? So the R is also a Dodge and now in europe a Fiat Freemont...
I do like the R and also the Dodge Journey. Roomy cars.
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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:10 pm

The R Class was developed at the same time as the ML and GL, it's build on the same platform. The Journey/Freemont is a lot smaller. The Chrysler Pacifica is much closer in size and concept.
 
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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:25 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 16):
Smart seats 2, A Class seats 4/5 with luggage, Smart and A Class are not close in size or market position

The Smart "ForFour" model is what I was referring too - it's the larger 4 seater Smart that Mercedes says is coming to the USA - in order to save the Smart brand from oblivion here. It's supposed to be launched for the 2015 model year, thus no Mercedes A-class here in the USA.

Source: http://wot.motortrend.com/we-hear-sm...14-new-forfour-in-2015-125889.html
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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:07 pm

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 20):
The Smart "ForFour" model is what I was referring too

They stopped selling the car in that picture 6 years ago.
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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:43 am

Quoting rlwynn (Reply 21):
They stopped selling the car in that picture 6 years ago.

Yes, I know. I took time to read the source article.
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RE: Mercedes Kills Off The R-class CUV In USA Market

Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:19 am

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 15):
The A-class is not currently in the Mercedes product plan/offering for the US market (nor do I expect it to ever be sold here - the Smart line, which is also made by Mercedes, is too close in size).

As reported by Automotive News earlier this month, Mercedes will begin importing the A-Class to the United States in early 2014 in four-door hatchback body.
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