Daimler has concluded the construction of its new plant in Brazil and it announced the facility has just started to build cars for the local market.
Daimler had plans for a Brazilian plant for a long time and in late 2013 it finally committed to expand its operations there, by adding a new facility to its global passenger car network. This week, the German automaker officially opened the new site at Iracemapolis in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area and has already started the output, the first vehicle rolling off the production line being a black C-Class Saloon. “The opening of the Mercedes-Benz Iracemapolis plant is a further milestone in the development of our flexible and efficient production network,” said Markus Schafer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. “The global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars comprises 26 locations which are organized in production compounds according to the vehicle architecture.”
Following the production start of the C-Class in Iracemapolis, the GLA compact SUV is also set be built there, beginning this summer. In the first stage, the plant is designed for an annual capacity of 20,000 vehicles. Mercedes invested over 600 million reias (163.2 million dollars) in the new passenger-car site, creating 600 jobs at the plant.
In its expansion strategy, Daimler reportedly said it was considering building another new car factory and an engine plant, eying Poland, after it initially aimed for Russia. A decision in this direction is expected to be announced by the end of this month, according to sources.