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It has been well over a decade when Mercedes-Benz first opened its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. What might have started out as just a production facility for the ML model has grown to accommodate production of the R-class, GLK-class and in 2014 will also produce the C-class for North American consumption.
But the news gets even better as Mercedes-Benz is now planning to add another model to its portfolio and it will also be built in the States. The vehicle is rumored to be the MLC, which will be Merc’s answer to the BMW X6.
Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said: “This new model from the Tuscaloosa plant is an important element of our growth strategy. It is one of the ten additional models which we will introduce within the next four years alone across all segments.”
This project will see this German brand investing $350-million and create an additional 400 new jobs, which is great news for the economy.
Mercedes will move ahead with plans to build a rival to the BMW X6, with a new coupe-style M-Class model. The luxury crossover will be built at the company’s Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant and will expand vehicle production there to five models.
According to reports, the new vehicle, likely called the MLC, will go into production as early as 2015.
The news comes as Mercedes has just announced a $2 billion investment in its U.S. manufacturing operations.
The MLC will compete with BMW’s X6, a vehicle that shocked the market and surprised critics. Predicted to be a failure by many due to its lack of utility, the X6 has instead been hailed as a resounding success, beating all sales predictions. Last year BMW sold 46,404 X6 models globally.