Daimler-owned luxury brand Mercedes wants to cut costs on cars with internal combustion engines. In addition, some expensive and toxic cars could be killed.
The trend of electric vehicles is a big challenge for businesses in the automotive sector. The investments needed to develop new electric products and remain competitive during this time are huge.
In general, automakers currently have two ways to solve this problem, one is to cooperate and the other is to reduce the cost of cars using internal combustion engines by eliminating some lines and engines. Clearly, according to the statement, Mercedes will take the 2nd path. It is to cut variants, engines and platforms.
Answering to Autocar: “We are reviewing the product lineup, especially after announcing quite a lot of pure electric cars. The trend of electric vehicle development is now clearer and the time of intersection in In recent years, Mercedes has had to reconsider its current products for better development. After the discussion, the most logical idea was to cut down on variants, platforms, powertrains. ” .
Mr. Schafer not only identifies any model but some names such as G-Class, SL, AMG GT and S-Class are using separate platforms. He also revealed: “In the future, we will use the same platform for models and people can see the results soon. In addition, some expensive and toxic cars may be killed.”
In addition, Mr. Schafer did not say the exact future for V8 and V12 engines, but said it all depends on the Euro 7 emission requirements. This plan does not eliminate V8 and V12. However, 4-cylinder engines have more advantages.
In a report from November 2019, Mercedes will not eliminate the V12 engine. This information was shared by President Daimler – Mr. Ola Källenius. However, he is not a deep-seated man on this issue. Most likely, the V12 engine will stop being used on AMG models. Currently, no official information has been confirmed yet.