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.