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Design a Mercedes-Benz for America?

I live in the frozen Tundra, sometimes we call it Rural Wisconsin. I am satisfied with my Pope-mobile ML350. However, I cannot decide yet on any of the new MB SUV's.

When I compare my ML350 to other "Big" American made trucks and SUV's, I realize that my car is smaller in size, capacity, width, and many other features. American cars are somehow designed for long, long, very long highway trips.

I admit that a trip from Madison, Wisconsin to Denver, Colorado, and back, in my ML350, is less comfortable than doing it in a Lincoln Navigator or a Cadillac Escalade or a Chevy Yukon.

The size of the cabin, the silence, the huge powerful engine, all of these features appeal to the American highway traveler, especially if you have a large family. People do not "sit tight" for 14 hours in the car. They "move around a lot". American SUV's cater to this behavior.

When will I see a MB SUV designed for the American Rural Northern taste?
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I'd like to see a G wagon,with a 4 liter diesel,out of cast iron,with timing gears,.Manual locking hubs,and manual trans,and manual windows.With rubber floor,and MB Tex.

1999 s320. and 83 300sd quit driving,people make me nervous
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What's wrong with the GL?

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We might have different perspective, but when you have comfortable seat, you don't need to move around.
I am one who disagree that bigger is better.
It does for me in case of pickup truck, as ML would not tow 18,000 lb, but I am always happy to jump from Superduty, extended cab into my E class sedan.
I also don't eat in cars, so I don't need table in them.
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We just got a GL450. So far, it has been impressive. No problem with the snow. We also an ML320. The GL is larger and more comfortable. Very impressive.

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To design a new MB for America you will need:

A houseboat for the bodyshell
A chassis from a 1950s Studebaker
A 1960s big block engine
Some 1980s accessories and features bolted on
A green ecotec badge


o_O

driving a fast car should feel like falling off a building.
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Actually MB did decide to get into the "built for America" market using the W163 as its staring point.

They did research and found that over 70% of all USA MB owners had an SUV or an immediate family member with one. Seeing as the US market is the largest for MB they put pencils on paper and hard core computer design to work resulting in the W163.
If the American MB owners were did own so many domestic or Jap midsize SUVs at the time MB would have never gone down the SUV/LUV road. They saw a chance at a piece of market share and took it.
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Good point Noodles.
At the time when ML320 hit US market, I was shopping around for replacement of our family Volvo and once I saw ML add, I was at dealership 3 days later, putting deposit after short presentation.
At the time took MB full year to deliver the car (yes it was such high demand back in 1998).
But, it took shipping W163 chassis from Alabama to Austria, to fit diesel engine in it.
Would those SUV be available here with 35mpg engines running for million miles, the present automotive US market might look quite different.


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I was always let down that MB did give us any of the diesel versions of the ML in the US.
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