Mercedes XClass pickup might be ready to kick the bucket report says

first_img 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class puts some fancy trim on your cowboy boots 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Enlarge ImageGood night, sweet prince, we hardly knew ye. Mercedes-Benz If you live in the US and don’t pay particularly close attention to car and truck models that aren’t sold here, you could easily be forgiven for not knowing that Mercedes-Benz makes a pickup truck. It’s called the X-Class, and it’s actually pretty cool.Unfortunately, it may not be long for this world if a report published Tuesday by Automotive News Europe is to be believed. The reason for the possible demise of the X-Class is the current worldwide sales slump for new vehicles. The X-Class, being kind of a niche product — and a badge-engineered one at that — is an easy target for cost savings. Yep, we said badge-engineered. The X-Class is based on a Nissan pickup (that we also don’t get in the US) called the Navara. Obviously, Mercedes being what it is, it changes a ton of stuff, so it’s not quite as bad as say, Volkswagen rebadging a Grand Caravan as the Routan.In any case, the X-Class (which has been around since 2017) hasn’t exactly been flying off of dealer lots. Automotive News Europe pegs the global sales for the model at just 16,700 units. By comparison, Mercedes shifted around 15,000 S-Class models in 2018 in the US alone.When you consider that the S-Class costs more than twice as much as an X-Class (based on German market prices) and sedan sales are in the proverbial terlet here, the model’s discontinuation starts to make some real sense.Now, we’ll shed no tears for the X-Class if and when it goes away, but we do like the idea of a Mercedes pickup. We just need to convince the folks back in Stuttgart to do some really wild stuff like make a Jeep Gladiatoresque version of the G-wagen and sell it in America. 0 Share your voice 48 Photos Mercedes-Benz Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 8:42 Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Car Industry Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Turner Shuts Down Super Deluxe Citing Duplication With Other WarnerMedia Units

first_imgAT&T’s pruning of WarnerMedia continues: Turner announced that it is killing off Super Deluxe, its edgy digital and TV studio.“Turner is proud of the unique brand Super Deluxe has built over the past three years, and the cutting-edge content and innovations this incredible group of very talented people has made,” the cable programmer said in a statement. “However, there are now massive changes in the social and mobile-first ecosystem and duplication with other business units in our new WarnerMedia portfolio. Super Deluxe found inspiring ways of connecting with a new generation and many of their best practices will be adopted by other Turner properties as we redirect this investment back into our portfolio.”Turner revived Super Deluxe in 2015, bringing back the short-form comedy brand that in its earlier incarnation lasted for about 18 months in the late 2000s. L.A.-based Super Deluxe was set up as an independent unit within Turner, which hired former CBS Films co-president Wolfgang Hammer as president. With Super Deluxe winding down, Hammer will depart the company. Super Deluxe currently has 54 full-time employees. According to a source, there will be layoffs but the scope hasn’t been determined yet. Staffers will be encouraged to apply for open positions in other Turner divisions; those who don’t find a placement will receive severance.“Super Deluxe is the future of entertainment for creative youth,” the studio says on its website. It claimed to reach 52 million monthly consumers 18-34, with an average of 165 million monthly views across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.Super Deluxe was overseen by Kevin Reilly, chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment and president of TBS and TNT. In describing Super Deluxe in 2016, Reilly said, “Our belief in the value proposition of ‘premium plus personalization’ now extends into the emergent ecosystem of mobile-centric consumers and next-generation creators thriving in that space.”The Super Deluxe team produced a steady stream of short-form irreverent and weird comedy segments, while it also had pursued a strategy of developing longer-form TV shows.Among those is Netflix’s “Chambers,” a supernatural drama starring Uma Thurman executive produced by Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic”), currently in production in the Albuquerque, N.M., area. Super Deluxe will continue its production commitment on “Chambers.” The studio also produced “This Close” for SundanceNow, billed as first show written, produced, and created by deaf people.In addition, Super Deluxe has set a Nov. 2 release for “The Passage,” a modern-day silent movie starring theatrical clown Philip Burgers, on iTunes and Turner’s FilmStruck SVOD service. “The Passage,” which Super Deluxe has positioned as an Oscar contender, may also be released on TBS’s digital channels. The studio’s projects in development included “Silver Foxes,” a gay senior-citizen sitcom from writers on “The Golden Girls” and other shows. In another move evidently related to AT&T’s restructuring of WarnerMedia operations, on Oct. 16 Warner Bros. abruptly shut down DramaFever, the Korean drama and Asian programming streaming service, citing changes in the market dynamics for K-drama. WB had acquired DramaFever, founded in 2009, almost three years ago.AT&T closed the Time Warner deal in June, renaming it WarnerMedia and putting telecom exec John Stankey in charge as CEO.After AT&T first announced its bid for Time Warner in October 2016, Turner and Super Deluxe execs were optimistic about lobbying the telco to invest more into the digital studio — given that its content was ideally suited for a new generation of consumers for whom the smartphone is the “first screen.” Obviously, that didn’t pan out. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more