Mercedes-Benz expects new production record by the end of this year, with 1.34 million vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz’s automobile manufacturer’s production network operated at high capacity the entire year, helping the automaker sell 1,194,904 vehicles globally during the first eleven months of the year. According to Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans Manufacturing and Procurement Board of Management member Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard customers were so satisfied about the company’s products that the automaker is heading towards a new record this year.
“At the same time we are setting the foundation for the future: We are continuously investing in our production network to accommodate our growth strategy,” Bernhard said.
This year’s demand has been driven by the automaker’s new models including the A-Class, B-Class and M-Class. The B-Class models sold 100,000 units, while the A-Class models sold 90,000 vehicles. This year Mercedes has invested almost 3 billion euro ($3.93 billion) in its four German plants, adding a three-shift operation at the Rastatt plant, Germany and Tuscaloosa plant, Alabama.
Daimler and BAIC, its Chinese partner, plan to invest about 2 billion euro in 2013 to boost production at the Beijing plant and $2.4 billion in the Tuscaloosa plant, Alabama. In two years, Daimler and its partner Nissan plan to manufacture four-cylinder engines at Nissan’s Decherd powertrain plant in Tennessee, US, for the C-Class production in the Tuscaloosa Plant.