Stuttgart - Mercedes-Benz is planning to discontinue the X-Class bakkie, Automotive News Europe reports, citing unnamed sources within the German company.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given earlier reports that Mercedes-Benz is likely to cut its ties with the Renault-Nissan alliance - which would take the Navara donor vehicle out of the equation.
Yet the latest report also cites poor sales as a key reason for abandoning the premium one-tonne market that the German carmaker, to an extent, actually created.
According to Automotive News Europe, just 16 700 X-Class bakkies were sold in its key markets - Europe, South Africa and Australia - in 2018, which falls well below targets.
Mercedes is under pressure to improve its financial fortunes - the carmaker cut its profit forecast for the fourth time in 13 months last Friday, as it set aside more money to cover costs related to the so-called ‘dieselgate’ scandal and cover Takata-related vehicle recalls, Reuters recently reported.