The 800-million euro plant of Daimler in eastern Hungary has commenced test operation, the daily Nepszabadsag reported. The start of regular production at the facility is set for late March, the paper further revealed. The factory in Kecskemet will have a capacity of 100,000 units per year. However, the paper reported that the figure could triple just by increasing the number of shifts in the company's existing factory. Chief Executive Ingo Frohlich of Mercedes-Benz Hungary informed the paper that the company anticipated the new B-class automobile to help maintain double-digit sales growth in the country in 2012 after 1,085 vehicles were sold last year. Meanwhile, competitor Audi is also expanding its operations in Hungary through a 900-million euro project. Audi mentioned that this project would increase output to 125,000 units annually once the expanded facility starts full production beginning in 2013.
Gallery: 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class