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Old 05-23-2017, 01:50 PM
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Except Honda don't have a vehicle in this class...
I was referring to Mercedes' poor decision of choosing Renault/Nissan for an engineering partner overall and should have been more clear.

Moreover, I cannot help but think that the Honda Ridgeline reimagined as a Mercedes crossover pickup would be more refined than the Navara.
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Wonder if MB made up their mind whether to sell this on the states or not.
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:35 PM
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Wonder if MB made up their mind whether to sell this on the states or not.
They did...it's a no.
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They did...it's a no.
And wisely so. A Nissan pickup with a Mercedes grille and Mercedes pricing would be laughed out of existence.
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And wisely so. A Nissan pickup with a Mercedes grille and Mercedes pricing would be laughed out of existence.
No one over here knows about the Nissan version. To me it makes more sense to sell it in the states only rather than side by side in Europe with it's badge mate.

German luxury pickups is definitely a new niche that hasn't been attempted. I bet there's a market for it in the US.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:54 PM
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No one over here knows about the Nissan version. To me it makes more sense to sell it in the states only rather than side by side in Europe with it's badge mate.

German luxury pickups is definitely a new niche that hasn't been attempted. I bet there's a market for it in the US.
It would be known in a heartbeat that it was a badge engineered Nissan. That would be trumpeted from the hilltops by Ford, GM, and FCA to protect high-dollar sales.

The Navara is hardly a new platform or a premium platform. Mercedes was very wise not to sell it in the NA market.
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German luxury pickups is definitely a new niche that hasn't been attempted. I bet there's a market for it in the US.
I think there's a market for more luxury pickups. I assume, however, that the people in that market will only buy from a U.S. brand. I actually assume that people buying a pickup of any type strongly prefer U.S. brands.

IMHO, wise of MB to not offer this (or any pickup) in the U.S.
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:08 PM
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I think there's a market for more luxury pickups. I assume, however, that the people in that market will only buy from a U.S. brand. I actually assume that people buying a pickup of any type strongly prefer U.S. brands.

IMHO, wise of MB to not offer this (or any pickup) in the U.S.
If the Mercedes were (1) F150 sized and (2) technologically forward for the price, then it would be an OK niche seller, but the American pickups will still be hard to beat.

The problem is that the Navara rides on a very old platform with the most modest of updates over the years.

Mercedes-level people would need to pull horses or boats and a full-sized pickup is simply better than a mid-sized one so even if the X Class were brilliant it's wrong sized.
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It would be known in a heartbeat that it was a badge engineered Nissan. That would be trumpeted from the hilltops by Ford, GM, and FCA to protect high-dollar sales.
I doubt it. The public doesn't have a visual reference to go off of. Dealers badmouthing it will do little harm. It's the advertising that will create intrigue.
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I doubt it. The public doesn't have a visual reference to go off of. Dealers badmouthing it will do little harm. It's the advertising that will create intrigue.
That would be some amazing advertising.
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