The high-performance division needs to boost production of its V12 engines due to high demand, Mercedes says. Therefore, the assembly line is moving to a new location to cope with the situation.
We have been hearing lately all sorts of news regarding small engines, emissions limits, fuel-efficiency, downsizing of the smaller engines, and more emission limits. The Mercedes-Benz AMG division does not know anything about any of these and neither its clients and has to cope with other problems. So, due to strong demand for its high-performance cars, Mercedes-AMG is to start the assembly of its 12-cylinder engines in a new location at Daimler’s site in Mannheim. The workers who currently build the V12 at the AMG headquarters in Affalterbach will be shifted to the eight-cylinder engine lines. The 12-cylinder unit fitted in S 65, S 65 Coupe, G 65 and SL 65 models will continue to be developed at Affalterbach.
Mercedes-AMG will use available capacities at the Daimler site in Mannheim to expand its production, and assembly of the V12 biturbo will start there in February 2016. “Due to the strong demand for our automobiles, our production capacities at the Affalterbach engine production facility are fully utilised,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “Supplying our customers as fast as possible is highly important to us. We do not have any possibilities for expansion in Affalterbach at present, so we have decided to transfer the assembly of the 12-cylinder engines to the Daimler site in Mannheim.” As is the case at the AMG site in Affalterbach and the Mercedes-Benz engine facility MDC Power in Kolleda, Thuringen (production of “downsized” four-cylinder engines), each unit made in Mannheim will be built by just one mechanic.