The Mercedes-Benz EQC at the Frankfurt auto show in September.

The U.S. is the second largest auto market. The lack of interest in EVs is significant.

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The German luxury automaker will delay the U.S. launch of its first EV, a compact crossover, by at least a year, Mercedes told dealers Friday.

The U.S. debut of the EQC, which starts at $68,895, including shipping, has been pushed back to 2021. It was expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of next year.

Mercedes blamed the stateside delay on strong demand for the EQC in Europe.

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