Mercedes-Benz announced that 500,000 vehicles have rolled off the production line at Daimler’s Hungary plant since the facility started the production nearly 4 years ago.
Daimler’s Kecskemét plant in Hungary is an important pillar of Mercedes’ compact-car global output, the site being opened on 29 March 2012. The five hundred thousandth car has just rolled off the production line, with the milestone moment marked by a cosmos black CLA, which is going to a Hungarian customer. The Kecskemét factory contributes to the Mercedes-Benz production by building the B-Class, the CLA and the CLA Shooting Brake. The CLA and the CLA Shooting Brake are put together exclusively in Hungary for all markets worldwide. The three pointed star brand’s compact cars accounted in January for 45,840 models from the total of 150,814 sold last month, representing a 35.9 percent increase in unit deliveries compared with a year earlier.
The German car manufacturer said in December that it was planning to expand its logistics hall and improve supply of parts at its production lines in its Hungarian unit, with a 15-million-euro investment. Construction work is set to start in early 2016, with completion scheduled for the summer. In addition to Kecskemét, Daimler’s compact-car network includes the lead plant in Rastatt, Germany, and BBAC in Beijing, China, where the GLA small SUV is produced for the local market. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz Cars uses the Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive to produce additional A-Class models.