Locally made Mercedes-Benz GLK rolls off the production line in China image

The first locally made Mercedes-Benz GLK has just rolled off the production line in China, at the German based automaker’s plant in Beijing.

According to the manufacturer, the Mercedes-Benz GLK is being produced locally thanks to a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC, signed in June. The small crossover is just one of a number of projects which will hit the market pretty soon. The Mercedes-Benz GLK is actually the third model of the German automaker to be manufactured in China, after the long wheelbase E-Class and the new C-Class.

“Nothing represents our long-term commitment to china more tangibly than the production of vehicles in China itself: The localized production of further Mercedes-Benz models is an important element of our growth strategy for the Chinese market”, said the chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia, Ulrich Walker.

Mercedes-Benz managed to sell 168.940 units of its models overall in China from January to November 2011 and the company’s target is 300.000 units annually by 2015. The GLK is being made on the local market in three trim levels, the GLK 300 4MATIC Dynamic, the GLK 300 4MATIC Style and the GLK 300 4MATIC Luxury, where the entry-level costs RMB448.000, the mid-level RMB495.000 and the top of the line has been priced at RMB618.000, all of them coming with a 3.0 liter V6 engine.