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 |  Jul 22 2011, 7:45 PM

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will invest more than $2 billion into its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. The money will be put towards the new M-Class, the successor generations of the GL-Class, the C-Class and the expansion of production capacities.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz cars, said ”We’re continuing to write new chapters of the Tuscaloosa plant’s success story with significant investments into the future.” Zetsche explained that the Tuscaloosa plant continues to serve as the blueprint for the automakers’ facilities outside of Germany.

In addition to the $2 billion investment, Mercedes also took the opportunity to announce that the company would donate an additional $100,000 to Alabama tornado relief and recovery efforts adding to the $1.1 million total contribution.