Mercedes Drops Their R Wagon – Car Pro News

Mercedes-Benz will drop the slow-selling R class wagon from its U.S. lineup after the 2012 model year. The German automaker will continue to build the R class at its plant in Alabama for export to other markets.

Mercedes dealers sold 293 copies of the R class through the first two months of this year, one-third less than the number sold in the first two months of 2011.

It went on sale in the United States in Sept. 2005.

In 2011, R class demand in the United States dropped 19 percent to 2,385.

A Mercedes spokesman confirmed the move in a report by Yahoo Autos.

Demand for the R class is much higher in foreign markets. Mercedes will continue to sell the wagon in Mexico, Canada and China until at least 2015.

The 2012 R350 4Matic starts at $53,565, including shipping charges, and comes with a 302-hp V-6 engine. For $54,715, the R class comes equipped with a diesel engine.

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