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The SL is still a popular MB vehicle I doubt it will be dumped from the lineup, but way overpriced IMO; yes a few more luxury bits than the SLK..Ooops SLC, but still too high. I think they could entice a few SLK, Ooops did it again, owners into the SL range if the price gap was not so big..i.e. MB Canada base SLC 43 = $70,000....base SL 450 $104,000,ridiculous considering you are getting the same hp but a few extras thrown in.
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I think it is just a matter of time before MB will kill the SL. The car is too fat too expensive and the premium buyers for that car are getting too old. Sales are in the dumpster month after month in NA Sept SL Sales 326 Canada 26. For the Dealers the SL is pretty much dead inventory.

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would make sense to punt it given the GT drop top....SL's with AMG package actually handle well, having driven them on tracks at AMG events, but they aren't GTs....maybe continue SL as the luxury cruiser it is and drop AMG option altogether...not everyone wants a sports car per se....


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I think it is just a matter of time before MB will kill the SL. The car is too fat too expensive and the premium buyers for that car are getting too old. Sales are in the dumpster month after month in NA Sept SL Sales 326 Canada 26. For the Dealers the SL is pretty much dead inventory.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Sales Figures - GOOD CAR BAD CAR

I think the Canadian sales in general for convertibles is not great given the climate but I thought it was supposed to be a decent seller in the Southern US...clearly not It's just not the car it once was and I think a lot of that is a result of the body makeover as they did with the SLK 172. Apparently its destined for a soft-top in 2020...if it's still around but then it will be on par price wise with the GTs...
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For German premium auto makers no niche is too small. And I won't complain, especially when it comes to convertible.
Since the 2008 crise so many car makers are dropping "fun" vehicles to focus only on the production of boring SUVs (often not even able to go off-road)....

And BTW this GT convertible is a real beauty. Will have to start saving.

Here are the SL Euro sales figures. Look steady.

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