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Mercedes-Benz is retrenching

Source Automobile October issue:

"Mercedes will drop the A-class and seeks a new partner for the next B-class... The Mercedes-Benz A-class was a prime example of brand's dramatic expansion, and the B-class that followed seemed a sign that Mercedes wasn't looking back. But the company is retrenching. Now that it has shed its Chrysler division and scaled back Smart from three models to one, the shrinkage will hit the baby Benzes as well..."

Daimler has approached Volkswagen, Honda, Peugeot, and BMW about partnering for the B-class, Talks with the first three companies went nowhere; surprisingly, however, BMW was receptive, maybe based on the next generation Mini.
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Lots of B-class taxis in Germany.

THREE Smart models going on sale in USA soon.

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Not all MB dealers will be hosting the Smart Car. I know mine will not be. Closest is going to be Lexington, Ky as far as I know for Ohio Valley.

Some of the finest luxury vehicles on the road...
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And to think Mercedes only offered a total of 4 model lineups 20 years ago...not including the Gelandewagen which is built by Magna-Steyr

The W201, the W124, W126, and the R107.
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I hope this means they'll also focus more on quality rather than quantity...

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I hope this means they'll also focus more on quality rather than quantity...
I would just like for them to quit trying to convince me the CLS is a COUPE.

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I would just like for them to quit trying to convince me the CLS is a COUPE.
And Ford would have us believe they still make a regular cab F150 - because they call it that, in spite of the fact that it has 4 doors and a C pillar. That they are able to foist these delusions upon us is not a good sign of sound rational management.
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I hope this means they'll also focus more on quality rather than quantity...
I wouldn't put any credence in any of it. A and B class are selling nicely, in fact.

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Lots of B-class taxis in Germany.

THREE Smart models going on sale in USA soon.
Just one model the ForTwo - 3 trim levels

In Euro land there was a fortwo. forfour, and cabrio

The ForFour & Cabrio are dead
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I wouldn't put any credence in any of it. A and B class are selling nicely, in fact.
They have been selling OK - but they are both unique and don't share componenets too well with other models -
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