Daimler to add new compact SUV to lineup this year: CEO By Reuters


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(Reuters) – Daimler AG (DE:) Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said the German automaker would add a new compact SUV to its lineup later this year.

Zetsche at an event in Shanghai on Monday unveiled what he called a concept for a compact Mercedes GLB with seating for seven and rugged off-road tires.

Zetsche said the GLB would not remain a concept for long, and promised the unveiling of a production version by this summer.

In China, Mercedes has declared 2019 the “year of the SUV”, reflecting the growing popularity of such vehicles in the world’s largest car market.

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