Date registered: Jan 2006
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Yes - it was a single year production, and only available for lease - not sale. The batteries wil lbe replaced in the next version released. The original manufacturer of the batteries went under and thus it was not possible to provide the necessary replacement parts (i.e. batteries) required under U.S. law.
The ML 450 concept, as a whole, is not being discontinued. Just that configuration with those batteries. It will be replaced with a new model.