Mercedes-Benz will expand GLC production by contracting out additional volume to Valmet Automotive which will start assemby from 2017 at its plant in Uusikaupunki.

"Working with contract manufacturers is an important factor in our global production strategy," said Daimler production chief Markus Schäfer. "We respond flexibly to the level of demand in our markets, and can satisfy our customers' preferences more rapidly."

Production of left hand drive models began at Bremen and RHD output begins in December.

Valmet has built the A-Class since 2013 and the contract is for over 100,000 units to the end of 2016. The GLC order is for similar volume.

Bremen, as global lead plant, will support the launch of the GLC at Valmet. It helped with Beijing Benz's launch in October.

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