FRANKFURT -- With U.S. sales nearing another record, Mercedes-Benz executives expect significant volume increases for the redesigned C-class coupe and GLC crossover. Moreover, the U.S. will be the biggest market for the new S-class convertible.
"Those are very important cars for the U.S. market," Ola Kaellenius, Daimler AG board member in charge of Mercedes sales and marketing, said during the auto show here. "We're quite optimistic."
This fall, the redesigned GLC, formerly called the GLK, goes on sale in the U.S., followed by the redesigned C-class coupe next spring. Kaellenius said he is looking for "significant growth" from both, though he noted availability will be limited initially.
Once supplies are fully ramped up, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon said he expects the GLC to become the brand's top-selling cross-over and surpass sales of the GLE, formerly the M class. The GLC is in the fast-growing compact crossover segment.
"That's going to be hot right out of the gate," Cannon said.