Mercedes kills slow-selling R-Class in U.S.

Mercedes is putting the slow-selling R-Class out of its misery.

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class has reached the end of the road in the United States. Mercedes-Benz will halt U.S. sales of the slow-selling crossover after the 2012 model year, although the R-Class will remain available in some global markets.

Mercedes spokesman Chrisitan Bokich confirmed to Motoramic on Friday that the R-Class will not return to the United States for the 2013 model year. The minivan-like crossover has been a slow seller in the U.S. since launching in 2005, but sales have declined recently "to the extent that we can no longer make the business case for continuing to offer the R-Class." Mercedes has only sold about 300 units of the R-Class in the U.S. so far this year.

Although the R-Class will no longer be available in the United States, Mercedes will continue to offer the CUV in Mexico, Canada and China, where it actually enjoys decent sales. Mercedes' Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant will continue to crank out the R-Class through 2015.

Motoramic suggests Mercedes-benz will eventually replace with R-Class with a sleeker-styled crossover based on the M-Class.