Mercedes-Benz is looking to “significantly” increase its production capacity in the U.S.
Parent company Daimler has announced that production capacity at its plant in Vance, Ala. will be increased from its current level of 185,000 units. The facility will be adding new models including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and a new SUV. The announcement comes after rival BMW has also said it will raise U.S. production by 50 percent to about 450,000 units in the U.S. by 2016.
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Production of the next-generation C-Class has begun at the Vance plant, but a Daimler spokesman declined to comment on a timeline for the production expansion. Last year, the plant built 185,000 vehicles and the automaker has stated that it the production increase will be “significantly above our previous capacity of SUV production.”
Currently, the Vance plant is also responsible for producing the M- and GL-Class SUVs. It is likely that the production version of the Concept SUV Coupe, which debuted at the Beijing Motor Show, will also be built in the U.S.
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[Source: Automotive News Europe]
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