Mercedes to take a look at van line-up

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Monday 26 August 2019

Mercedes-Benz is reviewing its range of vans as doubts about diesels impact sales.

"In order to optimize our performance, this also means reviewing and realigning our strategic orientation," Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said to Autonews at the launch of the Mercedes EQV fully electric van last week.

MB Vans reportedly has too many management layers and the company is looking at ways to cut costs without resorting to forced layoffs.

In the meantime, the EQV electric van will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It will have a range of 405km and fast charge capability, with a 0-80 per cent time of 45 minutes. Breitschwerdt added he expected 15-25 per cent of van sales by 2025 to be full electric variants in the passenger segment.

Along with a revamped van line-up, Mercedes will also drop the X-Class ute after slow sales.

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