DT reader Mark [aka Island Dad, and, it should be noted, a BMW driver] gleefully points to a report about dismal Mercedes R-Class sales from the always-opinionated, never-shy industry veteran Peter DeLorenzo's site, AutoExtremist.com. According to AE, the country club-ready whips are selling at about 60% of projected levels, and Mercedes is rolling out deeply incentivized leases to get the luxurious land yachts moving.
As if that weren't enough bad news, DeLorenzo sees [and I can't say I really agree, but hey] the R-class mis-step as yet another sign of Mercedes' arrogant decline. Oh, and besides that, the things are "overblown, overwrought, overweight crossovers." Hey, did you hear that? They're crossovers!
On The Table #334, Feb 15, 2006 [autoextremist.com, scroll down down down]
Previous R-Class antics on DT [warning: Mick Jagger alert]