Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to invest $1.3 billion into their Tuscaloosa, Alabama factory to prepare for the production of the next-generation of crossovers.

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to invest $1.3 billion into their Tuscaloosa, Alabama factory to prepare for the production of the next-generation of crossovers.

The funds will be used to create a new 1.3-million square foot (125,000 square meters) body shop that will use the "latest lightweight technologies."  The plant's assembly shop will also be expanded by 139,930 square feet (13,000 square meters) and receive a "larger, more flexible 'marriage' station" that will allow for the production of a wider ranges of vehicles.

Mercedes declined to say which models will be built at the plant but they will undoubtedly include the next-generation GLE, GLE Coupe and GLS.  The company also noted the investments will create 300 new jobs and enable them to "produce the next SUV generations even more flexibly, efficiently and in proven top quality.” 

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