Too many high-end Mercedes-Benz GLK models driving customers away

According to Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, the company has adjusted option packages on the new GLK compact SUV to help it deal with an oversupply of high-priced versions. Lieb said that Mercedes-Benz USA ordered to many high-end models for January’s U.S. launch date.

“We planned production in June and July of last year, and we didn’t know where we would be in January,” he said. “We had models coming at $40,000-plus.”

Many flocked into Mercedes-Benz showrooms thinking they’d find more two-wheel-drive GLK models with a starting price of $34,775 and $36,775 for the all-wheel-drive version. Instead, dealers had stocked up on pricey models loaded with options.

Mercedes-Benz is now rearranging its option offerings to help move the GLK out the showrooms. The sunroof, which was a part of the $3,150 option package is now being offered as a stand-alone package for $1,450. A multimedia package, coupled with a navigation system, was priced at $3,350. It is now being offered separately for $1,800.

Those who purchased the GLK equipped with either package in February or March will receive a $2,000 refund.

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– By: The Daily Auto Editor

Source: AutoWeek