The delivery van division of Mercedes-Benz is about to switch to non-negotiable fixed prices in Australia.
The move follows the introduction of non-negotiable fixed prices for Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles from January 2022, and Honda cars from July 2021.
It makes Mercedes-Benz the first brand in the commercial vehicle market to switch to non-negotiable fixed prices and comes as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter's 23-year winning streak was brought to an end by China's LDV Deliver 9 last year.
Dealers have been advised the switch to non-negotiable fixed prices for Mercedes-Benz vans will come into force from May 2023.
Deals signed on vehicles up to this date remain at current prices.
Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia was contacted for comment but said it had no statement to make at this time.
The industry is divided over the switch to fixed prices for new cars.
Car makers who have made the transition to the new business model - such as Honda and Mercedes-Benz say it is fairer for consumers.
Detractors of fixed price business models say removing the ability to negotiate will see prices rise.
Under Australian Consumer Law it is illegal for dealers to set fixed prices among themselves.
However, Mercedes and Honda have rewritten their contracts with dealers and they now hold all the stock and appoint dealers as 'agents' who handle enquiries and deliver the cars.
The Mercedes-Benz passenger car division in Australia is awaiting the outcome of a AUD 650 million (US$ 462 million) Federal Court case, in which a majority of dealers took legal action against the German auto giant because of the switch to the fixed-price business model.
Deliveries of Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs fell by 5.5% in 2022 the first full year of sales under the new business structure in a new-car market up 3.0% on the prior year.
And Honda Australia last year posted its worst annual sales result since records were kept from the late 1990s, 18 months after making the switch to non-negotiable fixed prices.