Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, said it would make further investments in its Hungarian facility in order to upgrade the site and boost production.
This new investment shortly follows another similar announcement from Daimler for Mercedes-Benz’s Kecskemet factory in Hungary. At the end of March, the German automaker said it would spend 250 million euros (286 million dollars) to expand facilities to build car bodies for the next generations of its compact cars and for new technologies that would help improve production. Now, Daimler has announced its intention to boost investment in the plant up to around 580 million euros (663 million dollars) by 2018” to bring more upgrades and to expand the site.
In addition to a new body shop, “money is invested in efficient and innovative equipment,” the company said. Furthermore, the factory’s capacities will be amplified once again, but Daimler did not give further details over its output targets. Opened in 29 March 2012, the Kecskemet’s production lines have build over 180,000 vehicles, for the total output volume to overpass the 500,000 mark in 4 years.
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class was the first model to roll off the line in Hungary in 2012, being followed in 2013 by the four-door compact CLA Coupe and the CLA Shooting Brake in 2015, as both of these latter models are exclusively produced there for all markets worldwide. Daimler is reportedly looking to build another facility in the region, eyeing a site in Poland for a new car factory and an engine plant.