Report Suggests Mercedes Is Pulling Most V-8s out of U.S. for 2022
A post on Reddit’s r/cars forum claims that Mercedes-Benz will suspend almost all sales of cars with V-8 engines, including all Mercedes-AMGs, from the U.S. for the 2022 model year.
The poster claims to have proof in the form of a memo provided to dealers. The memo says Mercedes plans to confirm the change next month. Forum moderators say they have confirmed the validity of the memo but did not post it to the site in an attempt to protect the identity of the user.
Mercedes-Benz did not confirm the details of the report but sent us a statement that repeats the language quoted on the Reddit post.
UPDATE 8/16/21, 3:00 PM: Car and Driver has been in touch with the Reddit user who posted the original thread. The user shared a document with us that is allegedly a communication from Mercedes-Benz to its U.S. dealers. The document’s phrasing matches that of a statement provided to us separately by Mercedes-Benz. It lists 17 2022 model-year V-8 vehicles that dealers would no longer be able to order or schedule for production on behalf of their customers. Mercedes-Benz has not explicitly confirmed the validity of these reports.
A post this weekend on Reddit’s popular r/cars forum reports that Mercedes-Benz is set to announce that it will suspend sales of almost all of the brand’s V-8-powered cars in the U.S. for the 2022 model year. The user behind the initial post—who has said in other posts on Reddit that they run a car dealership—claims to have seen a memo to that effect, purportedly provided to U.S. dealerships in order to warn them of the coming change. The forum’s moderators say that the user provided proof of the memo to them—Jalopnik says it’s seen it, too—but did not post the proof publicly in an attempt to protect the identity of the original post.
If this report turns out to be true, it would signal a pause on U.S. sales of Mercedes’ C63, GLC63, E63, GLE580, GLS580, GLE63, GLS63, GLS600 Maybach, G550, G63. The V-8-powered S580 and S580 Maybach would be spared, per the mysterious memo. One commenter on the r/cars post claimed that an order they had placed for a 2022 Mercedes-AMG E63S sedan had been canceled by the dealer. That user claimed that their dealer showed them a memo similar to the one cited in the original post by way of explaining the cancellation.
It’s unclear, from the small chunk of text posted by forum moderators as proof, whether the suspension of these models would be temporary or permanent. The text included in the post references “various global, external and internal requirements, as well as several other factors, including but not limited to challenges in the supply chain” as reasons for the sudden change. A statement Car and Driver received from Mercedes-Benz, which did not explicitly confirm the lineup change, used the same language.
The supply chain problems will probably clear up in time, but if the “external and internal requirements” the memo mentions refer to changing emissions regulations, this move could foreshadow more permanent changes to Mercedes’ lineup. Mercedes has already said it would be “ready” to go all-electric by the end of the decade “where market conditions allow.”