Mercedes decided to abandon some of its platforms and enginesMarch 4, 2020
The prestigious German brand owned by Daimler wants to significantly reduce its costs. And that’s why, it was decided to completely abandon some platforms and engines.
The new era of electrified vehicles is a major challenge for automakers. The investment needed to remain competitive on these changing days is huge, and generally speaking, there are two ways to deal with the situation and stay afloat – automakers must either come together and develop advanced systems, or reduce costs by reducing the number of platforms and engines. Mercedes-Benz, obviously, will take the second path, drastically reducing the number of its models, engines and platforms.
“We are reviewing our product portfolio, especially because we have announced so many eco-friendly electric vehicles,”said Marcus Schaefer, head of research and development at Mercedes.
“We urgently need to review our line of models and products. The idea is to simplify the production of cars, as well as platforms, propulsion systems and components. ”
Mr. Schafer could not indicate which models will be discontinued, but he called the G-Class, SL, AMG GT and S-Class cars that are built on their own platforms. “In the future we will have a pair of universal platforms on the basis of which we will build all our cars,” he said, assuming that some of the most expensive and exotic models of the brand may completely cease to exist.
Although the head of the research and development department did not provide accurate information about the future of the V8 and V12 engines, he explained that everything depends on the requirements of Euro-7 emission standards.
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