- Mercedes-Benz sells more than 40 different models worldwide.
- Many have dedicated platforms which is not cost-efficient for the generated volume.
- Some products are already on the chopping block with more to come.
News of such steps were announced by Mercedes-Benz last year where low-volume models or versions of some models were to be cut in 2020. One such example is the X-Class pickup but now, the revisions may include more models as well as some currently available powertrains. The need for EV development requires serious resources and is one key motivator behind the implementation of this cost-cutting plan.
Around the Globe and combined, Mercedes-Benz offers at least 45 models, some of which not only generate few sales but that rides on its own dedicated platform. Other than the X-Class, the coupe and convertible versions of Mercedes’ flagship S-Class sedan will be discontinued. Furthermore, the B-Class’ future is uncertain however cars like the SL-Class, although volumes are limited, is safe and will return on a shared platform.
Mercedes-Benz is one of less than a handful of carmakers that continues to offer V12 engines. The expected introduction of Euro 7 exhaust emission standards may force the elimination of such engines.
Daimler board member Markus Schaefer said: “We will review our current lineup and the idea is streamlining the portfolio,” and added “Yes we will have fewer platforms in future.”
Source: Automotive News