In other words, the Stuttgart-based automaker prefers to bid farewell to a handful of sales instead of recalling vehicles over the mysterious quality issue. It’s the most sensible course of action, but nevertheless, this doesn’t explain why Mercedes has originally given the chip shortage as the reason.
Schiemer did sweeten the deal for prospective customers, highlighting that V8s will stick around for a decade or so. He cites the GT3 and GT4 racing cars - which use V8s - as well as the high demand for V8s in pretty much every corner of the globe. But nevertheless, Mercedes and the Affalterbach-based performance division have set a course for complete electrification.
All-new vehicle architectures will be exclusively electric from 2025 when three such platforms will be rolled out. These are the MB.EQ for medium to large vehicles, AMG.EA for performance vehicles, and VAN.EA for light commercial vehicles. Going forward, Merc intends to switch to all-electric vehicles in markets where this 180-degree turn is possible. Reading between the lines, certain European markets such as the UK, as well as the United States of America, may get their final taste of combustion-engined Mercs by 2030.
Over 40 billion euros, which translates to $47 billion at current exchange rates, will be committed to battery-electric vehicles from 2022 to 2030.