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Downsizing? What downsizing? Mercedes-AMG customers seem to be oblivious to the term – demand for the company’s V12-powered models such as the S 65, G 65 and SL 65 is apparently so strong that Affalterbach will be expanding production of the monstrous 6.0 litre biturbo engines to the Daimler plant in Mannheim, some 115 km away.

Slated to begin in February 2016, the move will free up space at the Affalterbach factory, currently fully-utilised – workers currently building the V12 mills will be switched over to V8 production. Over in Mannheim, a dedicated assembly line will be set-up for AMG V12s, and the site will be renovated and prepped for the new requirements of production.

AMG Factory Tour

Mercedes-AMG assures that the engines will continue to be built entirely by hand by a single engine fitter, following the company’s traditional “one man, one engine” mantra – just like its four-pots (2.0 litre turbo engine in the A 45, CLA 45, GLA 45) and V8s. As such, workers at the Mannheim plant will be trained in Affalterbach for several weeks.

“Supplying our customers as fast as possible is highly important to us,” said Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers. “We do not have any possibilities for expansion in Affalterbach at present, so we have decided to transfer the assembly of the twelve-cylinder engines to the Daimler site in Mannheim.”

GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG SL 65


GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG S 65
GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupé