Say ‘Goodbye’ to Mercedes-Benz Station Wagons and Coupes
Mercedes-Benz is making some big changes to its vehicle lineup.
The German automaker is reportedly bidding farewell to station wagons, as well as certain coupes.
The move comes as the company shifts its focus to electric vehicles, Car and Driver reports. Mercedes-Benz also said it was looking to streamline its product offerings.
The discontinued models include the C-Class and E-Class coupes, as well as the C-Class, E-Class and CLS-Class wagons. The only wagon model that Mercedes-Benz will continue to produce is the off-road E-Class All-Terrain.
The automaker said demand for coupes and wagons has been on the decline. Car buyers have gravitated instead toward SUVs and crossovers.
"At the end of the day, we simply don't need estate cars [wagons] or underperforming two-door offerings to boost volumes," an unnamed Mercedes-Benz official told Car and Driver. "The most essential elements of sustainable contemporary luxury cars are space and time . . . That's our number one priority—not another fancy body style, a model that only works in Europe, or one last stab at a dying segment."
The lineup changes track a broader industry trend: the increasing focus on electric cars. Major carmakers like General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Volvo have pledged to phase out gas-powered vehicles in the coming years.
Mercedes-Benz has already announced plans to introduce several new electric vehicles over the next few years, including the EQS sedan and the EQB SUV.
Mercedes-Benz Safety Recalls
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz and other auto manufacturers continue to struggle to ensure that their vehicles are actually safe to drive.
The company earlier this year called back more than 300,000 SUVs over stalling risks. Mercedes-Benz told federal regulators that water could build up in the vehicles’ spare wheel wells, setting off a device that causes engines to shut down.
Last year, the company recalled some 2022 EQS electric vehicles because of a defect that Mercedes-Benz said posed a fire risk. It also called back roughly 1 million ML and GL SUVs, as well as R-class minivans, because of possible brake failure.
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