Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: '85 2.3-16 '99 C280 '11 GLK350
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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MBUSA's concept of the American market is different that what Daimler-Mercedes sells to "the rest of the world." And if history is any indicator, MBUSA has some logical reason to not bring the full line into the US.
For instance, the C-Class Coupe was not a big seller here and has no plans to bring the new Brazilian built coupe to the US. The W204 C-Class is their idea of an "entry level" Mercedes. Whether MB builds a car to compete with the BMW 1 Series is yet to be seen.
While it can be frustrating to enthusiasts, MBUSA's choice not to compete at all price points may be a good decision for the brand.