Beijing Benz, the joint venture co-owned by German Daimler AG and Chinese Beiqi said in Wednesday that has started to export E Class vehicles made in China.
The announcement comes shortly after the first GLK compact crossover has rolled off the assembly line at the Beijing plant of Beijing Benz Automotive Co., or BBAC.
Beijing Benz President Frank Deiss said that he hopes the E-Class will help Beijing Benz break into overseas markets. Foreign sales would bring in new interest to the joint venture, which would benefit both Chinese parent BAIC and Beijing’s automobile industry as a whole.
In addition, the company will stop importing the GLK, said company executives. In all, it has been a banneryear for the company.
With a length of 5,012 millimeters and a wheelbase of 3,014 millimeters, the new model for China has gained an extra 140 millimeters in both of these areas compared with the saloon model sold in the rest of the world. As a result, in the rear of the five-seater vehicle passengers can enjoy an extra 140 millimeters of legroom compared with the regular wheelbase E-Class
Mercedes sold 168,940 vehicles overall in China (including Hong Kong) from January through November 2011, but it has even bigger ambitions for the future – 300,000 units per year by 2015.