• Jul 25th 2008 at 5:33PM
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As consumer demand for thirsty vehicles continues to wane, Mercedes-Benz is being forced to slow production at the Alabama plant which manufactures their GL- and ML-Class SUVs and the R-Class crossover. Sales of Mercedes domestic trucks fell to 5,090 vehicles in June, representing an 11.9 percent decline from the same period last year. The move marks the first time in more than a decade of U.S. production, that the German automaker has reduced output due to market and economic conditions. The cuts will affect more than 4,000 of the plant's employees, and unfortunately will trickle-down to hurt the countless other companies who provide just-in-time components to support Mercedes production.

[Source: Automotive News, subs. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      They still make the R-Class? I thought they admitted it was a failure and dumped it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Only half right,

        They admitted it was a failure and kept selling it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The SUV / crossover craze is dead.
      Make way for the premium subcompacts.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah, maybe so, but it's not cool when your husbands hours get cut back and you're already on a budget. We're just hoping and praying he gets them back.

      • 7 Years Ago
      And this is comes as a surprise to who? Everyone else is having to scale back production in these trying times. So why would the "Mighty Mercedes" be any different?
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