The list is long and brutal.
This could be the biggest psychological blow to Mercedes-Benz and its high-performance AMG division over the past several years. The German automaker has reportedly informed its US dealership network that nearly all V8 models, including AMGs, are not returning for the upcoming 2022 model year. A poster on Reddit released this information and the group's moderators were shown proof and have verified its authenticity. We've reached out to the carmaker seeking additional clarification and details and we'll update this space if we receive a relevant response.
In the meantime, the post says the following vehicles are being left out of the new model year lineup: Mercedes-AMG C63, GLC63, E63, GLE580, GLS580, GLS63, GLS600 Maybach, and the G550 and G63.
Yes, the entire G-Class lineup and anyone who's already placed an order for a 2022 model is now out of luck. Production for the current model year is now slated to wrap up sometime in December. Okay, so what's the reason for this? Is this entire list of V8-powered models dead forever? This whole thing can be blamed on supply chain issues.
The document posted in the thread states the following: "MBAG has prioritized its focus to comply with various global, external and internal requirements, as well as several other factors, including but not limited to, challenges in the supply chain that have an impact on the product portfolio offered in the US market."
But the good news is that this doesn't appear to be permanent and production is expected to begin again once those supplier issues are fully sorted. Ever since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic some 18 months ago, the world's manufacturing operations have been thrown into a wild roller coaster ride. It's not only the automotive industry that's been taking massive hits. But it is a very complex global operation involving a significant number of suppliers for thousands of vital components, such as semiconductor chips.
Even seemingly minor disruptions can lead to major bottlenecking issues resulting in production delays, annoyed dealerships, and disappointed customers. Assuming everything about Mercedes' situation is true, it appears it's decided to cut its losses.