For the first time in a long time, Daimler had to report a loss for the second quarter in the previous week: Overall, the carmaker recorded a minus of 1.2 billion euros between April and June. In the same period of the previous year, a profit of 1.8 billion euros was recorded. The new Daimler boss Ola Källenius promised that everything would improve in the second half of the year. According to media reports, he is planning radical savings and a “rethink towards more cash”. According to Focus online, various models will also be put to the test, which could even mean the end of a classic.
Cabin van and pickup probably on the brink of collapse
Among other things, the Daimler boss has announced that he will also take a look at the potential of “simplifying the combustion portfolio”, reports Focus online, referring to information from Automobilwoche. Daimler currently has over 40 Mercedes models on offer, with the EQC electric family the portfolio would grow to over 50 by 2022 without countermeasures, it is said. Especially for Mercedes-typical niche models it looks bad, writes Focus. It is still unclear whether there is a successor to the Citan box van manufactured by Daimler together with Renault. Also, the X-class is on the brink of collapse, because the sales figures of the pickup are “rather poor”.
It would be the end of an icon
For Mercedes fans another decision could mean a much bitter cut: The end for the SLC, which replaced the roadster SLK in 2016, is as good as sealed, there should be no successor for the larger SL either, reports Automobilwoche. However, according to information from Focus Online, Daimler is planning a new edition of the Prestige SL model for 2021. Mercedes SL models built in the 1960s are considered by car lovers to be icons of automotive history.