By the end of 2015, around 300,000 vehicles will roll out from Mercedes-Benz’ plant in Alabama. These words came from Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who revealed the fact that the German company plans to increase production in the United States. Mercedes-Benz plans to almost double the production, as last year the plant built 185,000 vehicles.
This year, the plant will add 60,000 vehicles and we already know that a fifth model will be built there starting next year. That new model is the new M-Class Coupe, previewed earlier this year by the Concept Coupe SUV at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
In addition, Dieter Zetsche also confirmed the fact that Mercedes-Benz is considering changing its naming scheme. Apparently, the M-Class will become GLE-Class, while the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV will debut as the GLE Coupe.
Mercedes-Benz wants a new naming structure and its SUVs and CUVs will start with G. The GLK Class will become the GLC-Class as it is based on the C-Class, while the GL Class will become the GLS.
Mercedes-Benz already started the new naming scheme with the GLA Class, which is based on the A-Class. The redesigned GLK will make its debut next year, so we will probably see the GLC soon.