Daimler to invest almost 1 billion euros in its main Mercedes-Benz powertrain plant

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 26, 2011

Daimler AG intends to spend around 1 billion euros or $1.33 billion next year in its main Mercedes-Benz powertrain facility in Untertuerkheim, near Stuttgart, the company revealed on Friday. This plant is the largest industrial site in the Stuttgart area. It manufactures transmissions, axles, engines and other powertrain parts, which are utilized in at least 1.5 million vehicles a year.

Daimler stated that 980 million euros will be invested by the group for the facility in 2012, on top of the 670 million euros allocated for this year. Mercedes production boss Wolfgang Bernhard disclosed that they are investing in their powertrain production to make sure it is "fit to face future competition."

The investments signify an "important contribution" to the implementation of the Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy, Bernhard further stated. He also cited Daimler as stating that around 600 new jobs were generated at the plant due to record high demand this year.

"Untertürkheim is the birthplace of the automobile," notes Peter Schabert, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Powertrain production and head of the Untertürkheim plant. "These investments will ensure that we continue to play a role in shaping the ongoing evolution of mobility from our base here."

With over 8.5 million units sold since the first Mercedes-Benz C-Class was launched in 1982 as the model 190, the C-Class is undeniably the premium brand’s best-selling model series. In fact, Mercedes has already sold over a million units of the current generation C-Class since its introduction in 2007. Now, the next generation C-Class is laden with a number of improvements that distinguish it from its predecessor.

For instance, its core is now served by more powerful yet more fuel efficient engines. All the engine variants for the C-Class are now classified as BlueEFFICIENCY units -- meaning they are both fuel efficient and environment-friendly. All automatic versions of the C-Class will feature – in the future -- 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic gearbox. Featuring ECO start/stop function as standard, these engines are up to 31 percent more fuel efficient than their predecessors, as helped by the fact that all new powertrain feature optimized overall ratio.

On the other hand, all petrol engines for the C-Class features direct injection. One of these engines is the V6 petrol engine that powers the C 350 BlueEFFICIENCY units that develops more power to 306 hp of output and 370 Nm of torque, from 292 hp of output and 365 Nm of torque. All of the series’ four-cylinder petrol engines, meanwhile, feature direct injection and turbocharging, allowing these powerplants to offer remarkable performance and economy.

Considered as the most frugal C-Class -- the C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY featuring manual six-speed gearbox and standard ECO start/stop function – has been made more economical, as evidenced by its carbon dioxide emission level of just 117 grams of per kilometer. The same model with start/stop function but with improved 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission offers better emission numbers at 125 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (58.8 mpg of diesel combined). The C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY offers the same values.

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