The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan will no longer be manufactured in the USAMay 13, 2019
Due to the high consumer demand for the German GLE and GLS crossovers, it is quite possible that the mass production of the C-class sedan in the United States will have to be curtailed. Officially, this rumor has not yet been commented on, but all the figures and rumors speak precisely in favor of this theory.
The new data, published by the overseas edition of Automotive News, indicates that the days of the prestigious Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, built at the automaker’s factory in the US, can be numbered. Currently, the premium-class sedan plant in Alabama is operating at 93% of capacity, but it needs additional capacity to meet the projected growth in demand for new GLE and GLS crossovers. With the new GLE Coupe on the horizon, the German brand expects that sales of this model will also grow in the coming years.
The increase in the number of crossovers could effectively “throw out” the C-class sedan from the United States from the United States, since Mercedes is expected to allocate larger models, such as the GLE and GLS crossovers, to priority production.
Sales of the mid-size crossover are estimated to grow by 28% over the next four years, while sales of the full-size GLS model are projected to grow by as much as 30% over the same interval.
Automotive News contacted Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Ditmar Exler and the future Daimler chairman Ola Calenius, but both refused to confirm this rumor. However, Mr. Kellenius, who will replace Dieter Zetsche this month, said that crossovers are “the ideal vehicle for the United States,” adding “Americans like their large space” as well as “the overall convenience of crossovers.”
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