Daimler plans to "significantly" hike production capacity at its Vance facility in Alabama from around 185,000 cars, as it adds output of new models like the Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan and a new SUV. Daimler is expanding its capacity in the US after seeing demand for cars returning to levels experienced before the 2007 financial crisis.
The decision also comes following an announcement by BMW said it would hike its output in the US by 50 percent to 450,000 cars by 2016. Daimler recently disclosed that it has commenced producing the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C class in the Vance site.
While a Daimler spokesman didn’t provide a figure or a timeline for the production increase, he said that the hike will be "significantly above” the carmaker’s SUV production capacity.
Daimler’s work on increasing production capacity is part of the global launch of the C class, the carmaker’s best-selling model. Daimler is currently building the C Class in South Africa and Germany.
The Vance facility, meanwhile, builds SUVs like the M class and the GL class and will commence building a production version of the Concept SUV Coupe next year.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class indicates a new episode in Mercedes-Benz’s success and creates new benchmarks among premium mid‑range vehicles. Due to a smart, light design idea boasting savings of up to 100 kg, outstanding aerodynamics, and new economic engines, the C-Class creates new standards in this class. A range of new assistance features offer the best standard safety, while a new suspension, that can be air-sprung, delivers excellent ride and drive comfort and nimble handling.
As for the appearance, the all-new C-Class assumes a progressive line with its strong but emotional designs and its exclusive interior. Many other improvements and interior features accentuate the saloon's invigorating comfort and sophisticated sportiness.
In total, the apparent quality of the all-new C‑Class gives a feeling of an upgraded higher travel class. The new C-Class Saloon can be ordered now. The range will comprise, initially, the C 180 from 33,558 euros, the C 200 from 36,414 euros, and the C 220 BlueTEC from 38,675 euros, (prices in Germany include 19% VAT each).
The C-Class is the best-selling Mercedes-Benz series. Previous model sales, launched in 2007, amounted to more than 2.4 million. The all-new C-Class provides voluptuous and crisp designs and a range of technological advances as well as a broad scope of standard features and ideal values of emission and fuel use. As a result, the customers benefit from extensive value adds-ons and longstanding savings on motor vehicle taxes and at the pump.
Mercedes is at its best with the new C-Class, with new benchmarks for the mid-range group on numerous fronts. It is typified by a demonstrative but crisp design that continues in the quality and contemporary interior. Its effective and high-performing engineering creates the base for a raised standard of drive pleasure.