Mercedes-Benz targets an output of nearly 1 million cars in Germany in 2012 image

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz brand is expecting a production of nearly 1 million cars in Germany this year, which would be a record for the company.

The target for the brand’s three German plants is 988,110 cars and SUVs, according to internal documents obtained by Automotive News Europe. A Daimler AG spokesperson declined to comment on the targets. The documents reveal that Daimler’s total 2012 output target, including Smart and Maybach, is 1.52 million, which means the German plants’s share of Daimler’s passenger car production in 2012 will be 65 percent.

Mercedes’ largest plant, located in Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart, will build 460,860 cars next year according to the documents, while the Bremen factory should make 327,460 units. Finally, the Rastatt plant is expected to manufacture 199,790 in 2012.

Outside of Germany, Mercedes’ biggest plant in Vance, Alabama, USA is expected to build 185,900 cars in 2012, up 30 percent compared to 2011’s total of 143,000. In 2010, Mercedes made 125,000 cars in Alabama.