GERMANY: Mercedes builds first redesigned C-Class at Bremen
Job One at Bremen
Production of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has started at the company’s Bremen plant; the new model will also be built in Beijing; East London, South Africa and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the US.
The company said in a statement this is the first time the C-Class has been built on four continents to the same quality standards.
Bremen is, however, in overall control of global production. Total spend on the build this year and next is EUR2bn. Global production is due to start within six months.
Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche, said: "We are raising the bar in terms of production. Within just six months we will have ramped up production in four C-Class plants on four continents. With this, we are leading the way - a further milestone in our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy."
Daimler is spending more than EUR1bn on the 'centre of competence' for the C-Class in Bremen, strengthening its position as a production site for the future.
Bremen employs 12,700 and currently produces eight models - the C-Class in saloon/sedan, estate/wagon and coupé body styles, the E-Class coupé and cabriolet, the GLK plus the SLK and SL roadsters. In 2012 the plant produced about 316,000 vehicles.