Friday, April 19, 2024

Mercedes regrets – will not drop the fossil car after all

The small A-Class was supposed to be retired this year, but now Mercedes is stepping on the brakes in the world of electric cars. And that saves the cheapest Mercer.

Mercedes itself recognizes that the brand has been too optimistic when it comes to electric cars. Because the brand claimed that electric cars and hybrids would make up 50 percent of all sales as early as 2025.

However, the reality is quite different. And that's why the small A-Class survives, which Mercedes was otherwise ready to put in the grave already this year.

That's what Autocar writes.

Instead, it is now said that the car will continue into both 2025 and 2026. Among other things because Mercedes CEO Ola Källenius said last month that electric cars will still lag behind on price 'for many years to come'.

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Right now, Mercedes believes that it will have a model program that in 2030 will consist of half of electric and hybrid cars.

In doing so, Mercedes also recognizes that the demand for electric cars is not at the same furious pace as the brand expected.

Conversely, Mercedes' customers need not fear that the petrol and diesel cars will disappear from the model range tomorrow or as of 1 January 2025.

On the contrary, Mercedes will take the fossil cars with them well into the new decade. Possibly right up until 2035, the EU intends to ban new cars of this kind. But that doesn't happen with certainty either.

At Porsche, economic director Lutz Meschke expects that the 'big discussion' that is currently taking place about the internal combustion engine could delay a ban.

That Mercedes therefore takes some steps in the same direction cannot, for the same reason, come as the world's biggest surprise. Especially because their dealers have complained a lot about the electric cars. Read more about it here .

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