Mercedes-Benz confirmed it will have no formal presence at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2019, striking a blow to the event as more manufacturers save major vehicle introductions for tech conferences or their own special showcases.
Mercedes-Benz -- a high-profile mainstay of the Detroit auto show -- is poised to withdraw from the event next year, sources at the German carmaker said. A withdrawal would mark the latest setback for the Detroit show, which has watched brands such as Mazda, Volvo, Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover pull out.
Mercedes-Benz is adding a battery-electric variant of the Sprinter as it updates the third-generation commercial van line. But it's not yet clear when, or if, the eSprinter will be sold in the United States. New connectivity services and improvements will make the Sprinter's cab a better workplace, Mercedes says.