Mercedes-Benz is immersed in the renewal of the main models that make up their catalogue. However, there is an integral part of this portfolio that is in the tightrope technique, positioning in the market and low level of sales. Taking into account this situation, the leaders of the German mark does not know what to do with the cabrio hard top fold-away SLC.
If we remember, the latest generation of the SLC came on the market in the year 2008, when it was still known as SLK. In the ten years leading to the sale, in addition to a change of denomination in the year 2011, also suffered a restiling of great depth, as their aesthetic was far removed from the rest of models of the brand. However, keep it on the market for a long time is not profitable, making it become a headache for the signature of the star.
recently, it was speculated in a possible alliance between Mercedes-Benz and Nissan to carry out the development of the substitutes of the 370Z and SLC. However, this news was refuted by the German mark, leaving in the air the future of both models. The reason for these doubts has to do with the high cost that would development, which is built on a unique platform not shared with any other model in the brand, and must take a lot of numbers to give the green light to its release.
The problem to Mercedes-Benz is situated in the segment in which it operates the SLC. With the rise of the all-roads and SUVs, the sales of the sport two door and ceiling concealed (whether premium or not) are on the decline, making it non-profitable for the brands. For this reason, Tobias Moers, head of AMG, has denied that they are in charge of developing a substitute for the SLC, much as you insist it will be based on the AMG GT.
For now, everything indicates that Mercedes-Benz could be immersed in the development of a new sports light weight and size, with which to compete against Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman. To be certain this information, create a substitute for the SLC would not be necessary, as they would be framed in contiguous segments, and may canibalizarse sales easy and simple. Therefore, there will be to wait for the German firm to make a decision, as the time passes and the SLC is increasingly old.
Source – Mercedes-Benz
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