Mercedes to build fifth model at Alabama auto plant

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  1. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

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    Mercedes to build fifth model at Alabama auto plant

    Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG today announced another expansion of its Alabama factory in Tuscaloosa County, with plans to add a fifth model to the assembly lines by 2015. The yet-to-be-named, "entirely new Mercedes-Benz model" will bring an additional 400 jobs and require a $350 million investment.

    Gov. Robert Bentley is touring the plant today and will be on hand for a formal announcement with employees later this afternoon.

    The plant's 2,800 workers currently build the M-Class and GL-Class SUVs, along with the R-Class crossover. The German automaker already has announced that the C-Class sedan will join the Tuscaloosa County assembly lines in time for a 2014 launch.

    Daimler and Mercedes did not say what the fifth model will be, but published reports from Germany have indicated that the automaker is preparing to launch a crossover vehicle to compete with a similar model produced by rival BMW.

    "This new model from the Tuscaloosa plant is an important element of our growth strategy," Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche said in a prepared statement. "It is one of the ten additional models which we will introduce within the next four years alone across all segments."

    During the summer, Mercedes announced it would invest more than $2 billion in the plant to expand capacity and prepare for new model launches.

    The $350 million tied to the fifth model is included in that previously-announced investment, so by 2014, the company's new spending there will total $2.4 billion.

    Meanwhile, Mercedes has already said that the C-Class move would bring 1,000 new jobs, so with the fifth model, 1,400 new jobs are on the way to Tuscaloosa County.

    http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2011/10/mercedes_to_build_fifth_model.html

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  2. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

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    Update: New Mercedes-Benz vehicle 'absolutely fantastic,' Gov. Robert Bentley says

    By Dawn Kent -- The Birmingham News

    VANCE, Alabama -- Mercedes-Benz had big news today, saying it will build a fifth model at its Alabama plant. The automaker will add $350 million to its investment here and hire 400 workers.

    Gov. Robert Bentley joined Markus Schaefer, head of Mercedes' Alabama operations, at the plant today to announce the move to employees.

    But Schaefer and Bentley, who saw a clay model of the new vehicle on a summer visit to Mercedes' operations in Germany, revealed few details about it.

    "It will be an absolutely fantastic vehicle," Bentley said.

    Schaefer wouldn't say whether the vehicle would represent a new segment for Mercedes alone or a new segment for the entire auto industry. But he spoke a lot about Mercedes' legacy and said the new model wouldn't look like any of the company's current models.

    "Our heritage is the inventor of the car," he said.

    Alabama workers have been in Germany assisting with the development of the vehicle, and that will continue, Schaefer added.

    A banner hanging in the plant today said the new vehicle will be produced starting in 2015. The banner featured the outline of a vehicle, but Mercedes said the real thing won't necessarily look anything like that.

    Update: New Mercedes-Benz vehicle 'absolutely fantastic,' Gov. Robert Bentley says | al.com

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  3. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

    Pics from the Tuscaloosa news. Some hint at the shape of the new addition to the Mercedes-Benz family. ;)

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  4. Shining Star

    Shining Star Well-Known Member Contributing Member

    Looks like the F800. So it may just be a "sculpture" of the next C-Class.
  5. Nicks

    Nicks Active Member

    That's CLS-concept isn't it :confused:
  6. klier

    klier Member Premium Member

    ^^ More like CLC (or whatever they will call the CLS version of the C class)

    Looks good btw, I'm interested to see what car it will end up being.


    So you think they are going to mass produce some sculpture at the Alabama plant???? LOL

    It's a new additional model line they are going to produce over there, not the next gen C class, definitely no sculpture, but some (niche) model that does not exist yet.
  7. Nicks

    Nicks Active Member

    It was introduced shortly before CLS, and it does look like one -
    Mercedes_CLS_Rising_Car_sculpture_03.
  8. Merc1

    Merc1 Well-Known Member Premium Member Contributing Member

    It will be the GLS, the X6 rival.


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  9. Human

    Human You. The Road. Nothing else. Premium Member

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  10. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

    The new C-Class sedan (W205) starts in 2014 in Vance. This new model in 2015. ;)

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  11. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

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    Daimler Plans $2.4 Billion U.S. Plant Expansion

    By Chris Reiter - Bloomberg

    Daimler AG will increase investment in its U.S. car factory to $2.4 billion as it adds new Mercedes-Benz models at the site.

    An unidentified new Mercedes vehicle will be built at the factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, starting in 2015, the Stuttgart, Germany-based company said today in a statement.

    Investment in production facilities for the vehicle will total $350 million, adding to the planned spending of more than $2 billion at the site, Daimler said.

    “This new model from the Tuscaloosa plant is an important element of our growth strategy,” Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said in the statement. “It is one of the ten additional models which we will introduce within the next four years.”

    Mercedes aims to overtake Bayerische Motoren Werke AG as the luxury-car leader by 2020. The company is working to boost sales by rolling out new models, including a line of five small cars. Mercedes also plans to expand its lineup of high-end luxury cars with new variations of the S-Class flagship model after the vehicle is overhauled in 2013, two people familiar with the situation said last month.

    The Tuscaloosa plant, Mercedes’s only factory in the U.S., currently has capacity to build about 160,000 cars a year. The planned investment between 2010 and 2014 includes adding facilities to produce the best-selling C-Class sedan as of 2014 and buying equipment for new versions of the M- and GL-Class sport-utility vehicles.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.net

    Daimler Plans $2.4 Billion U.S. Plant Expansion - Bloomberg

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  12. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

  13. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

    official press release

    Daimler to Produce Additional Model at the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa Plant (USA)

    Stuttgart, Germany / Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, Oct 21, 2011


    - Expansion of production portfolio as of 2015
    - US$350 million investment, 400 new jobs
    - Dr. Dieter Zetsche: “This new model is an important element of our growth strategy.”


    Stuttgart, Germany / Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA – Daimler will further expand its U.S. plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama: as of 2015, an entirely new Mercedes-Benz model will roll off the production line as its fifth product. The plant has been the traditional production site of the brand’s M-, GL-, and R-Class SUVs and will also build the C-Class for the North American market beginning 2014. For the production of the new model, Daimler will additionally invest US$ 350 million, and will create some 400 further jobs at the plant.

    Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “This new model from the Tuscaloosa plant is an important element of our growth strategy. It is one of the ten additional models which we will introduce within the next four years alone across all segments.” Referring to the Tuscaloosa plant’s role within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Zetsche added: “At the same time, we are systematically broadening our manufacturing footprint in the NAFTA region.”

    Robert Bentley, Governor of the State of Alabama: "Since the time Mercedes-Benz chose Tuscaloosa County for its first US assembly plant 18 years ago, the company has proven to be an outstanding partner for the state. We join MBUSI in celebrating this milestone, and welcome the hundreds of jobs this announcement brings to Alabama."

    Just earlier this year, on the occasion of the Job #1 ceremony of the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class in July, Daimler had announced the decision to invest more than US$2 billion in the Tuscaloosa plant (Mercedes-Benz U.S. International – MBUSI). In total, investment in the plant between 2010 and 2014 will thus amount to US$2.4 billion, while the number of newly created jobs will add up to 1,400.

    Markus Schaefer, President and CEO of MBUSI, commented on these decisions: “The entire MBUSI team is proud of its role in the success of the models made in Tuscaloosa. We are looking forward to making further important contributions to the product offensive of Mercedes-Benz.”

    Source: Daimler

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  14. Deutsch

    Deutsch Well-Known Member

    I really wouldn't pay much attention to what's on the banner. To my displeasure this most likely is a "coupe" variant of the M class. Just another overpriced Benz out of my reach- call me completely uninterested.
  15. klier

    klier Member Premium Member

    Uninterested because it's out of your reach?
    Were you a multi-millionaire a couple of years ago maybe? When you actively discussed every car that came from Germany?

    Weird.
  16. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

    Some X6 sales data from wiki; few sell in the USA.

    http://i54.[Please upload your images as attachments instead]/2ez49jk.jpg

    Will the ML Coupe sell better in the US? No. ;)
  17. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

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    Mercedes plans BMW X6 rival

    Mercedes will introduce a SUV Coupe rival for the BMW X6 in 2015, Autocar understands. The German luxury giant confirmed today that “an entirely new Mercedes-Benz model” would roll off the production line at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant in four years’ time as part of a $350 million (about £220m) investment.

    Although the exact model to be built at the plant has not been named by Mercedes, the choice of the Tuscaloosa plant to build it is a significant one. This plant is home to the new ML model, which Autocar revealed in June would be spawning a sporty four-seat variant called GLS, although the MLC name remains a possibility.

    “This new model from the Tuscaloosa plant is an important element of our growth strategy,” said Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche. “It is one of the ten additional models which we will introduce within the next four years alone across all segments.”

    The ML Coupe will forgo the practicality of the five-seat M-class for a more sporting four-seat interior, with a racier roofline and styling cues from the CLS saloon.

    The obvious competitor is the BMW X6, which has been a surprise success with 120,000 sold worldwide since 2009, but it will also face competition in the shape of a new Audi Q6, planned for 2016. And a new Range Rover Sport will be on sale in 2013/14.

    Further details are scarce, but powertrains should include turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 and 4.6 V8 petrols, plus a 3.0 V6 diesel. Also planned is a diesel-electric hybrid in Europe. Crowning the new line-up will be a BMW X6 M-rivalling model from AMG with a turbocharged 5.5-litre jet directed V8.

    Mark Tisshaw

    Mercedes plans BMW X6 rival - Autocar.co.uk

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  18. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

  19. Merc1

    Merc1 Well-Known Member Premium Member Contributing Member

    Can't wait to see it.


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  20. montana

    montana Active Member

    Mercedes-MLC-2015-1280.

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