• Jul 30, 2008
After announcing that its plant in Alabama would be slashing production of its slow-selling SUVs, Mercedes-Benz has decided to cut overall output by more than 40,000 units over the next four months. While the slowdown of SUV sales are anything but surprising, even the top-of-the-line S-Class sedan has been hit with a downturn of sales. Reportedly, the German plant in Untertürkheim will also be reducing its output of V6 and V8 engines.
In order to remain profitable in these tough times, three-pointed-star prices are expected to rise and the brand's smaller models are being considered for the U.S. We'd imagine that Dr. Z and the rest of the board's future plans for Mercedes-Benz, which includes a switch to boosted engines, hybrids and electric cars, can't come soon enough. We also wouldn't be a bit surprised to see an even larger shift to diesel power from the German automaker.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      when times get tought people with money like to show they are doing their part like buying diesel caddys back in the 70s when they did not need to worry about the cost of gasoline. so now they are going to keep the MB for 4 years instead of just 2 years to show the "little" people they are hurting also.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is an absolute mystery to me why they are not offering more fuel efficient 4-cylinder models for 2009. These engines are readily available in other parts of the world - it can't be that hard to adapt them for the US models of at least the C-Class and SLK,

      Mercedes is shooting itself in the foot by trying to stay upmarket.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's all about brand image for BMW and MB. They think it will hurt the luxury image if more people knew that the rest of the world has a wider range of engine choices, and even that taxi drivers use benzes elsewhere (base models usually of course ;)

        Maybe they'll take a cue from ford/gm and retool that plant to make the A and B class!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      beating them all huh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The beginning of the end for auto enthusiasts...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You must have misread the title. It refers to Mercedes-Benz, not BMW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope MB gets what they have coming to them for castrating Chrysler.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Could not agree with you more. Put them all on a Hindenburg replica.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They need the new E Class.