Mercedes builds SUVs in the U.S. because that’s America wanted. Now, because of the latest economic conditions and fuel concerns, the market is drying up. Beginning in August, Mercedes has decided to cut production at the Alabama plant where the GL, M and R-Class are produced.

"We are adjusting our production schedule for the remainder of the year in response to market demand," said plant spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald. "Obviously, we made this decision to stay competitive and guarantee our long-term success."

Mercedes started US production 11 year ago and this is the first time when the production has been reduced. Mercedes management began informing the plant’s 4,000 employees of the cuts this morning. Night shift employees will be told later today. Suppliers that provide components to the Vance, Alabama factory on a just-in-time basis also will follow the adjusted production schedule.

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Source: Automotive News

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