• Jun 10, 2010
Mercedes-Benz CLC – Click above for high-res image gallery

Things aren't looking good for the CLC, Mercedes-Benz's small hatchback based on the last-generation (W203) C-Class platform. When the current-generation CLC was introduced in 2008, it never came to North America, mostly due to the underwhelming sales numbers that the original C-Class Sport Coupé garnered while in production. These cars have been moderately popular in other markets, but new reports state that the CLC production will come to an halt at the end of this year.

Currently, the CLC is produced at Benz's Juiz de Fora facility in Brazil, which will be undergoing changes in its production line. This plant will be repurposed to build the Actros, Mercedes' heavy-duty commercial truck, and no plans have been made to shift CLC production elsewhere. Reports suggest that we could see an all-new version of the CLC when the next-generation C-Class drops in a couple of years (probably not slated for the States, of course), but until we get the official word from Mercedes-Benz, we wish the little hatch a fond farewell. Top tip, Rodrigo!



[Source: WebMotors (translated)]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I too understand why MB didn't bring the facelifted version over, but I always thought they were decent looking cars. The Euro tuner crowd in CA always makes them look nice. With the new edgy front end, I would almost be compelled to take a closer look. The panoramic roof, 3.5 V6 and 6MT would make a pretty nice daily driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate trunks. I wish America wasn't so enamored with the sedan. That said, it seems like there are hardly any 2-door cars on the market anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You forgot Mini Cooper, Volvo C30 and the VW New Beetle (kinda....)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha... and somehow the Mini and the C30 are two of the three cars I've test driven. Stupid work making my brain go.... what were we talking about?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you want a new 2 door hatch (aka 3 door), in the US, I think we're down to just the Yaris, Accent and Golf/GTI aren't we?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really wish there was a better selection of hot hatches in the US. Unfortuantely, for me I guess, I'm tall so most of the cars from Asia don't have enough headroom. That's pretty much left my options to the Astra, Golf/GTI and Volvo C30... none of those really 'do it' for me. And because the universe hates me, VW won't sell the Scirocco in my country. If the CLC looked like this one in 2004 and had been setup to be a GTI fighter I think it may have survived in the US market. well anyway, alvederzein CLC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still see a good amount of the C Class Coupes around Northern VA. They sold well in this area.

      I almost got a C320 Coupe myself with the six speed back in 2003. I was always a huge fan of them, the stock wheels were rather lame though. Some BBS CHs would have looked awesome on a white coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Mercedes Corrado. And that explains the decision to not sell it here (luxury hatch = oxymoron).

      Why can't we get a baby E Coupe/Conv at $35K/$40K?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ummm. Not an oxymoron. Have you seen the Jaguar XK?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Except for maybe Saab, "luxury" hatchbacks have not typically done well in the U.S.

      It was surprising that BMW didn't get that "memo" when they decided to bring over the 5-Series Gran Turismo models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought asian women liked them.. didn't they?

      Maybe it lost customers because of the edgy redesign.. and the rear looks kinda busy
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should lower the price of this to the bmw1 series or audi a3 level, make the interior a bit better and it could sell (at least in Europe)
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a shame. Had they thrown a 2.0L CDI engine and priced it around $25-35K, I would bought one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess my 1.5 hours of daily commuting isn't a valid sample, but I always see a lot of the C230 hatchbacks around. Maybe I just notice them more because I'm a hatchback fan.

      Personally, I always assume anyone with an enclosed trunk either has a dead hooker in it, or is planning to put a dead hooker in it. You just can't trust anyone in a sedan around your hookers.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I honestly didn't know they continued producing a C Class hatch. I understand why both MB & BMW no longer produce them, and I don't really miss them too much. Except for the E36 version, haha. "Dude, someone stole your trunk!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      pity, I'd take a hatch back over a normal trunk any day of the week.
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