We have been telling you about the plans for the Brazilian plant for a long time and now finally Daimler has officially announced they are expanding there by adding a new facility to the global passenger car production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
As we reported previously the next-generation C-Class and the GLA will be produced for the local market in a new assembly plant in Iracemápolis near São Paulo. According to the plan, the first vehicles will leave the production line early in 2016. After the first stage of manufacturing is completed, a further investment of 170 million euros would be used to further expand the new production facility.
Andreas Renschler: “Brazil is an important future market. With our local production we accept the challenge and take on the competition. The new facility stands exemplarily for the expansion of our global production network – we thereby approach our customers even more. With the next generation of the C-Class and the GLA, we will be localizing two highly attractive products with top Mercedes quality, for which we see great potential in the Brazilian premium segment.”
“With the local production of cars, Mercedes-Benz stands out as the only company to act in all segments of mobility in Brazil, with cars, trucks, buses and vans”, said Philipp Schiemer, CEO Mercedes-Benz do Brasil.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff jointly signed the deal with Andreas Renschler, Management Board member for Production and Procurement at Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans, and Philipp Schiemer, CEO Mercedes-Benz do Brasil & Daimler Latin America, today. According to the company, the annual production capacity when the assembly plant is completed should reach up to 20.000 vehicles, with 1.000 new jobs being created by the new plant and another approximately 3.000 new jobs for suppliers.