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Old 11-18-2013, 12:17 PM
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Vito to the US in 2015?

http://www.autonews.com/article/20131111/OEM03/311119951#axzz2l1CBu4z5

In the United States, the V class would compete with the Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna. It would be the only rear-wheel-drive offering in the segment and would be slightly larger than its U.S. competitors.

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Old 11-18-2013, 01:04 PM
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Wow....if its an actual MB (designed AND built within MB confines) and is offered with a diesel (should be for economy needs), I'd buy one!
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:17 PM
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Except that the last time they tried to sell a mini-van like car.....

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Old 11-18-2013, 10:09 PM
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Those R class are pretty nice.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:52 PM
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Those R class are pretty nice.
No disagreement there

It was definitely a failure of placement and marketing.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:21 PM
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So they're a failure by what measure?
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I don't think they sold very many.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:50 AM
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I see R's around here fairly regularly. I think they sold a fair number, just not enough to cover actually producing them. They are huge and great for families....I've found our TDI sportwagen is more of a "TDI cramped wagon", it has less interior space than my W126 or a W210 sedan and the door openings are low and small and make it a pain with kids in carseats. Looking to get rid of it next year for something more family useful like a W210 or W211 wagon, or an R-class. W210/211 sedan is even an option. MPG is a non issue because we drive it mostly in the city and get about 34mpg, which is nothing spectacular considering how overly complex it is.

This summer when packing our VW for camping we could not fit all of our stuff....so I said, I bet I could fit it all in my W126 with room to spare. Wife did not believe me....so I did it, and it ALL fit no problem.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:20 AM
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Not bad looking, for a van. I can see where better-to-do folks would want more than a comparatively plebian, maxed-out Odyssey/Sienna/Grand Caravan that someone like...well...my family drives. There's little to discern a loaded Odyssey from a baseline model.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:35 AM
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The R class is a very enjoyable people mover. I considered buying one primarily for towing but it isn’t rated for enough weight to suit my needs. Around here, at least the in-town part of around here, there are a number of them seen daily. They are fabulous in crappy road conditions and the platform puts the driver well above most oncoming lights. Iirc the diesel version gets pretty good mpg. They appear to be mostly very reliable.

A MB van would open doors to the vast world of soccer moms and small businesses who need to transport stuff. Folks who would like a Sprinter platform but consider it too big, would be drawn to it. If options included diesel/awd it would be a major winner.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:40 AM
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So they're a failure by what measure?
Daimler was hoping to sell 20,000 a year. They came close, 18,000 in one year, but then sales fell off a cliff to under 3,000 units per year. Even the AMG version R63 got snickered at.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:47 AM
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If options included diesel/awd it would be a major winner.
Obviously there's no announcement for the US, but it appears that the rest of the world will get to choose between a four cylinder turbo diesel, like the GLK250 has, and also V6 diesel and gas engines.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:24 AM
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^ plus according to the article awd is an option.

Being a MB, a diesel option is logically there as well. Of course the other side of that is being a MB, they probably wont offer it in the USA, at least initially......

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Old 11-19-2013, 10:58 AM
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I'd rock one mightily.. a RWD minivan ? Ship me one, I'll write whatever glowing reviews MBusa wants

One with diesel fuel economy - even better.

Given than a maxxed out Odyssey or Sienna go for $40k, MB does have some pricing room to bring them here and sit in an existing MB showroom.

I'd just love to have a 'european' option in the minivan world. Not even VW dared bring a minivan to this country as of late (they just rebranded the Chrysler product...)

Either a V250 CDI or a V63 AMG please

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Old 11-19-2013, 11:20 AM
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Either a V250 CDI or a V63 AMG please
Or? Don't you mean one of each? The diesel should be in the mid 30s mpg, while the 6.3 V8 could muster . . . 12?

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