...se cancela el proyecto de su sucesor, y ademas la producción del Smart Roadster, se abandona el proyecto Clase C cabrio en desarrollo y el proyecto McLaren P8 se suspende. El proyecto de clase X (rival de x3) se mantiene para 2008. Asi lo ha anunciado la marca al Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Son parte de las medidas de producción Mercedes Benz para mejorar su rentabilidad (mejor dicho, para obtenerla ) establecidas en el programa CORE (hardcore, diria yo, pero weno ) Curioso, práctiucamente a la vez se van dos coches similares: el Mercedes Xsara Coupé y el Citröen Sport Coupé (o era al verrés ;-) ) FRANKFURT, Germany — Mercedes-Benz plans to ax more models as its revival plan, called CORE, starts to kick in. And Mercedes boss Eckhard Cordes expects to see bottom-line results as soon as July. In addition to the Smart Roadster, Mercedes has cancelled plans to develop a C-Class convertible and a replacement for the three-door C-Class sport coupe. The projected McLaren P8 sports car will also be consigned to the dumpster. "We are in the 2005 target corridor with our CORE earnings-improvement program," Mercedes boss Eckhard Cordes told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper. "I expect we'll be able to report more on the first successes at the end of July." Not everything has been cancelled; the X-Class SUV that will compete with the BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander will definitely be built beginning in 2008, Cordes said. And he still won't rule out launching the next-generation Smart Fortwo city car in the U.S. Cordes said Mercedes engineers would work together with teams of engineers from its suppliers, and in part their subsuppliers, to improve quality. The CORE cost-cutting and efficiency program is designed to improve DaimlerChrysler's margins from 3.35 percent to 7 percent. "