Originally posted by dkarp
But, the german or european buyer, the one cleaning the flies from his front grill ,every weekend by toothbrush,maintaining his car like new for 20 years, is not making 600$ monthly to pay for an E320 lease and he is investing his soul in his car. For this public , the new Mercedes is a big, big disappointment
I wonder if Mercedes cares as much for the German customer as much as it once did. Think about how profitable the US business is. All the models are highly optioned models with a very high margin. In the North American market, they cut dealer margins from 13% to 7% without any drop in MSRP. The manufacturer just kept all the extra cash.
I truly hope that the European customers have enough influence to make Mercedes alter it's course.