For 2012, Daimler is expecting a 13% increase in the production of Mercedes-Benz to over 1.4 million passenger vehicles, according to internal documents that Automotive News Europe was able to obtain. Mercedes is planning to have a global output of 1,417,400 passenger cars (exclusive of commercial vehicles, Smart and Maybach) in 2012.
Total passenger car output (including Smart and soon-to-be-phased-out Maybach) is expected to climb to around 1.52 million in 2012 and to approximately 1.67 million in 2013.
Daimler has yet to release an official announcement on its targets. Mercedes anticipates that at the end of 2011, it will post an output of over 1.25 million passenger cars to conclude its 125th year with a fresh record.
In 2010, Mercedes built 1.2 million cars and SUVs. In the release, Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler board member for manufacturing and procurement, said that Mercedes-Benz is “going on the attack.”
He said that to get to the top, Mercedes is making big investments to expand its high-performance production network. For next year, Daimler expects to make 99,212 units of the Smart ForTwo minicar.
When the new generation smart fortwo arrives in the market in Autumn, it will feature an upgraded exterior, a fresh interior, and more eco-friendly engines. The latest installation of the smart fortwo could still be personalized with any of the seven available colors, including a trendy matt finish. Previously, only six colors were available, but a new color -- matt light green – was added, with light blue metallic replacing blue metallic.
Upon request, the front spoiler, side skirts and the rear apron of the new smart fortwo can be finished using body color. Soon, smart will allow the fuel filler cap to be painted in body color. Even the cabrio soft top could now be specified in red and blue while the tridion safety cell could be finished in white. In addition, the smart fortwo could be further personalized with the availability of LED daytime driving lights and new alloy wheels.
On the other hand, the interior of the new smart fortwo has been made more refined thanks to a new cockpit design and the use of new fabrics and colors, as well as the employment of high-tech communication and entertainment systems. Two versions of the state-of-the-art petrol engines are available – delivering 45 kW and 52 kW of outputs. Both engines emit less than 100 grams of fuel per kilometer.
To mark the arrival of the new generation smart fortwo, the carmaker will offer a limited welcome model loaded with high-class equipment. According to Marc Langenbrinck, Managing Director for the smart brand, the brand is working hand to make its vehicles even better and more desirable in every element. He quipped that the new generation smart fortwo is “perfect for our times” as it is not only attractive and stylish, but also makes use of high quality materials and boasts of greater comfort and functionality.
Langenbrinck noted that smart drivers usually have an unconventional way of thinking and often search for alternatives – meaning that the new generation smart fortwo with new engines and customization opportunities is the perfect car for them.