The German automaker has started the production of the nine-speed automatic transmissions at its Romanian plant in Sebes.
To meet the growing demand for Mercedes models with automatic transmissions, Daimler has expanded its output capacity for the 9G-TRONIC and it started making them at its plant in Romania as well. “The development of our transmission production in Romania is an ideal addition to our global powertrain production network with its lead plant in Unterturkheim,” said Markus Schafer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.
Daimler is investing more than 300 million euros in the extra capacity and is creating around 1,000 additional jobs at its Romanian subsidiary Star Assembly. The German automaker currently employs over 1,800 people at the two sites operated by its Romanian subsidiaries Star Transmission and Star Assembly. Founded in 2001, Star Transmission’s plant in Cugir makes gearwheels and shafts, as well as machined components for engines, transmissions and steering systems. It is also home to the technology center and a training establishment.
Its sister company Star Assembly was set up in 2013 in Sebes, with production of the five-speed automatic transmission launching in the same year. The first seven-speed automatic transmission left the assembly line in 2014. The 9G-TRONIC transmission fits models such as the new E-Class or GLE Coupe and, in the coming years, it will be used in almost all Mercedes-Benz cars with a longitudinally mounted engine.