Mercedes to build smaller Grand Sports Tourer for Europe

Stuttgart. Europe will get a smaller version of the Mercedes-Benz Grand Sports Tourer because the 5.15-meter-long US version of the six-seater won't fit in most European garages.

"I believe that we have to consider the different markets and that we have to differentiate between them in regard to different sizes," Juergen Hubbert, boss of the Mercedes Car Group, told Automobilwoche.

Production of the crossover vehicle starts in spring 2005.

The GST will be built at Mercedes' US plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the same production line as the second generation M-class, which goes into production next autumn.

Hubbert said Mercedes plans to fill the niche between the Grand Sports Tourer and the A class with another crossover vehicle, the Compact Sports Tourer.

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