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Merc heads for production record

2011-12-13 07:47

STUTTGART, Germany - Mercedes-Benz is again heading toward a production record with the target for 2011 more than 1.25-million units - and even South Africa comes in for praise.

Worldwide demand, Merc says, was met with additional shifts and extensive investment in "our high-performance network" and production lines would be shut down for as short a time as possible over the coming year-end holiday.

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Further expansion will occur in China, with about two-billion euros ready for investment there in the production capacity for the C-Class and the long-wheelbase version of the E-Class. The GLK compact SUV was recently added to the local production portfolio there and in 201 a new plant will begin to produce four-cylinder petrol engines.

Between 2010 and 2014 Daimler will invest $2.4-billion in its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the traditional production site of the brand’s M, GL and R-Class SUV's, However Tuscaloosa will, from 2014, also assemble C-Class units for the North American market. Further large investments will be made in plants across Europe but Germany will remain the company's main production hub.

Mercedes-Benz says its plants will continue to turn out top-quality products: those in Bremen, Germany, and in East London, South Africa, received this year’s JD Power gold plant quality award for being the best production plants in Europe and Africa respectively.