Up to as much as 75% of the AMGs might disappear. We know that Mercedes-AMG does not have plans to create performance versions of the Mercedes EQC and Mercedes B-Class. In the meantime, the in-house tuning division of Mercedes-Benz wants to have all of its models electrified by the year 2021 and the majority of them are set to feature an AWD layout because that is what consumers are requesting. But this plan might be changed in the future as more stringent European emissions standards might force AMG to reconsider its plans.
Possible issues with upcoming EU emissions requirements
A recent The Financial Times report uncovers Daimler’s possible issues with the new, upcoming EU emissions requirements. The car giant wants to decrease its existing CO2 emissions of 138 g/km to around 100 grams per kilometer, and that might mean its most polluting and powerful models are now faced with the chopping block, according to the publication.
A look at the bigger picture of Europe’s new car market uncovers that approximately 35% of the new deliveries derive from SUVs which are usually more polluting. According to sources, the consumers’ tastes might force AMG to decrease its line-up by as high as 75% as uncovered by multiple retailing execs, ‘who made statements on the condition of anonymity.’
New technologies are emerging
According to Chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler, Ola Kallenius, he told investors in London recently that what they cannot control is consumer behavior, yet they have the technologies in their portfolio to get inside target range.
Mazda, Ford, and other manufacturers also are faced with difficulties to comply with Europe’s new regulations, according to the publication. The Japanese company is thinking about cutting specific versions of a few of its less popular models such as the MX-5 Miata.
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