Mercedes Expands in Alabama

“We are systematically broadening our manufacturing footprint in the NAFTA region,” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Daimler Board of Management, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and the whimsically beloved “Dr.

“We are systematically broadening our manufacturing footprint in the NAFTA region,” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Daimler Board of Management, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and the whimsically beloved “Dr. Z” back in his Chrysler days.

He was speaking in regard to the announcement that Daimler is expanding its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where it presently builds the M-, GL-, and R-Class vehicles, and which will start building the C-Class in 2014.

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The Mercedes M-Class is manufactured in Tuscaloosa

This announcement, including an additional $350-million investment in the plant, is for a fifth, undisclosed, model.

“This new model from the Tuscaloosa plant is an important element of our growth strategy,” Zetsche said. “It is one of the 10 additional models which we will introduce within the next four years alone across all segments.”