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The auto industry has been forced to adapt over the past couple of years. Supplier issues and everything else pandemic-related has caused numerous problems and, in many cases, new vehicle shortages. Luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz are not immune. Last August, we reported that the German automaker had no choice but to drop nearly every V8-powered model from its 2022 year lineup because of supply chain issues. This was a significant blow to the AMG brand which relies heavily on these engines, but non-AMG models were also affected. Fortunately, Mercedes has some good news.
According to Motor Authority, Mercedes has begun accepting orders once again for the twin-turbo V8-powered GLE-, GLS-, and G-Class SUVs.
More specifically, the following SUVs are now available: GLE 580, GLE 63, GLE 63S, GLS 580, GLS 63, GLS 600 Maybach, and the G 550 and G 63. We must point out that the latter two could take a while to arrive; the G-Class is supposedly sold out until 2024.
The report further notes that leftover 2021 orders will be automatically converted to 2022 model year orders. But, not every V8 Mercedes is back just yet. Still absent from the list are every AMG model, the CLS, and E-Class sedan and wagon. We don't know at this time when (or if) those latter models will be available once again. Still, this is a very good sign that things are, slowly but surely, beginning to return to normal.
The global supply chain has been able to adjust to the new reality and this will hopefully continue to improve. Mercedes decided to cut those V8 models last summer in order to shift "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."
It's amazing how quickly the situation can change in just a few months. Hopefully, these V8 models will remain available for the foreseeable future and there'll be no further problems.