Mercedes G-Wagen

 By: Thomas_3 : February 14th, 2020-07:04
I saw an article in the WSJ this morning that the
G-Wagen may possibly be going away.
Ironic as I saw a brand new one on the highway this morning.
The driver looked like she just stepped off of the cover of Vogue.

This message has been edited by cazalea on 2020-02-15 11:34:28

Can you share the article link?

 By: Clueless_Collector : February 14th, 2020-07:21
This G wagon is like SS Rolex now, have a long wait list and they just revamp the vehicle for 2019 so not possible it’s going away.


 By: dcupsa : February 14th, 2020-07:24

Here's the key opinion of the author.

 By: Overwound : February 15th, 2020-07:29
The last paragraph is where the author speaks about his opinion on changes to come.

From the article: "For lovers of unwieldy paramilitary luxury, the bad news is that the gas-powered G-Wagen is doomed. European emissions rules will kill it, kill it with fire. I give the civilian version four more years. The good news is that none of the G-Wagen’s ass-kicking charms need be lost in the model’s inevitable conversion to electrification. As the Cybertruck well shows."

It's seems that unless MB does something better about fuel consumption it could potentially become a victim of future European fuel regulations.

I can't, I'm not a subscriber

 By: Thomas_3 : February 14th, 2020-08:13
but I was on the WSJ website this morning. Not sure if it will be in today's print addition, or maybe tomorrow's.

Eco Worries

 By: Park : February 14th, 2020-08:33
I can't read beyond the opening paragraph either, but I'd be willing to bet that the headline writer took the liberty of suggesting they wouldn't be around long based on the apparent strengthening of clean energy concerns rather than any business decision by MB.
While we wait for its demise, I'll keep enjoying my G-wagon.

WSJ is very strict on article access. Need to be a subscriber, unless somebody will "copy & paste" into an email. [nt]

 By: U3O8 : February 14th, 2020-08:44
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Facebook trick

 By: jmpTT : February 14th, 2020-16:43
Add before the url and it will treat it as a Facebook redirect. Trick still works with the newest WSJ paywall. Bit of a hassle to copy/paste in mobile, but it can be done.

The article stated that the “gas” version was not long for this world; maybe 4 more years. Stated that it may get electrified. [nt]

 By: EdTonkin : February 14th, 2020-10:07
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Thanks, without a subscription I could

 By: Thomas_3 : February 14th, 2020-10:32
only see the headline and read a line or two of the article.

It will be sorely missed

 By: batholith : February 14th, 2020-11:52
Wonderfully capable vehicle even in its current guise.

I would say the article's author, Mr. Dan Neil, is not sound in his argument.

 By: patrick_y : February 14th, 2020-15:35
The Magna Steyr plant in Austria combined with Mercedes just invested hundreds of millions of Euros for a new production line and a redesign of the G Class.  The G-Class now will be Mercedes-Benz's most profitable car per unit assuming fixed cost amortization schedules are reached timely.  The new G Class will require roughly half the amount of man hours the previous car required due to more advanced manufacturing methods and adapting the design so more of the car can be assembled with robots. 

No doubt it will be their highest margin vehicle. I just picked mine up. The market here is $30-$40,000 over sticker for the AMG G63. I was lucky to pay list and I’ve been a dealer of many brands

 By: EdTonkin : February 14th, 2020-16:10
other than Mercedes my whole life! It’s a huge change from the previous model; finally a redo of the complete vehicle. Drives much nicer.


 By: jmpTT : February 14th, 2020-17:44
I’ve waffled between loving and hating the G, but I have no doubt I’d enjoy driving it. The pickup must feel fantastic.

I must resist!

 By: patrick_y : February 14th, 2020-23:06
Longtime G Wagon fan.  Not yet an owner.  Must resist!

Wow, huge congrats Ed...this is such a great vehicle. [nt]

 By: Clueless_Collector : February 15th, 2020-10:25
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Thank you so much! [nt]

 By: EdTonkin : February 15th, 2020-10:59
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The author of this article is making a wish I guess

 By: jmpTT : February 14th, 2020-17:37
Saw the headline, I don’t usually comment on automotive.

The author could be right, but I think the possibility of the petrol G exiting in five years is remote. The legislators collect plenty of tax on these and they’ll sooner collect more taxes than outright ban them. What about in countries where the charging infrastructure is unavailable or unreliable?

In a time where social media shaming and online gatekeeping is widespread, the G-Wagen is a sanctuary from PC culture. It is instinctually awesome. Hummer owners in 2009 were sensitive to the price of fuel and shaming from their neighbours, while I’d suggest most of today’s G63 owners will be satisfied with token improvements in the fuel economy, compared to the outgoing generation.

The powerful IC engine is part of the G’s charm and in my city, Toronto, it is young affluent people who are buying them, i.e. the generation that was thought to hate cars.