The Mercedes-AMG high-performance division is continuing its expansion in 2016.
Global sales of AMG models rose by 40 percent last year, and in response, AMG plans to expand its AMG portfolio to include 48 different models by the end of 2016 according to AMG chairman Tobias Moers. That means “at least” 10 new nameplates will be coming in 2016 alone.
The brand just revealed the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and the E43 at the New York Auto Show along with the new Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet. While AMG’s ’63’ models have been around for some time, the ’43’ models are new and offer a performance boost over standard Mercedes models, but not the all-out performance blast that ’63’ models bring along.
In the E43, the 3.0-liter Biturbo V6 makes 396 horsepower while the GLC43 gets less power from the same engine at 362 hp. As a reference, the new Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet makes 469 or 503 hp.
Mercedes is also pushing its dealers to launch dedicated AMG showrooms, a move made possible by the recent boost in sales. “Stand-alone AMG showrooms are getting feasible worldwide,” Moers told Automotive News. “We are going to open up one in Japan, and we’re having a discussion in Australia about that.”
[Source: Automotive News]
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