Mercedes-Benz, hot on the heels of both Audi and BMW as it aims to take back its lost crown as the world’s biggest premium automaker, betting its comeback on the world’s biggest auto market.
While the Beijing automotive show is now in full swing, Mercedes-Benz has brought to the motor show all his Aces – from the long-wheelbase C Class line-up to the new Concept Coupe SUV.
Besides that, Rene Reif, the manufacturing boss at Beijing Benz Automotive – one of Daimler’s Chinese joint-ventures, has declared that the company is ready and able to expand a Beijing manufacturing facility production capacity to 350,000 vehicles a year – considering customers will call for such a raise.
According to Reif, while production last year was of 120,000 Mercedes-Benz cars, by the end of the year the plant will reach a new production capacity of 140,000 units. Last year, the plant made E- and C-class sedans and is ramping up for the onset of the latest compact SUV – the GLA. Also, Daimler has moved to expand the manufacturing site because it aims to also introduce on the production lines the long-wheelbase Mercedes C-class model, the latest generation’s China tailored special model.
Following the home production introduction in Bremen this year, the China production forms part of the global production push for the new C-Class, which will see the model manufactured also in the United States and South Africa.
Via Automotive News Europe
by Aurel Niculescu
) - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - filed under Industry
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