The milestone vehicle assembled in the People's Republic is an E-Class.

2005. That was the year when Mercedes-Benz set up shop in China by opening a manufacturing facility to cater the local market. Fast forward to present day, Beijing Benz Automotive Co., a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC Motor with more than 78,000 employees, is happy to celebrate the roll out of vehicle number 1,000,000.

The model in question is an E-Class, which coincidentally was actually the very first model built 11 years ago in China. In 2010, Mercedes introduced its first “Made in China, for China” long wheelbase version of the E succeeded earlier this year by the all-new E-Class L unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show.

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Also in China, the company with the three-pointed star logo is making the C-Class, itself a model that has received the long wheelbase version since rear legroom is very important in the People’s Republic. The two sedans are being built alongside two crossovers, the GLA and GLC. Interestingly, Mercedes mentions the factory in China’s capital is actually its biggest passenger car plant in the world in terms of land size.

Mercedes builds one milionth car in China

Mercedes is also making a variety of four- and six-cylinder engines in China powering the local models as well as the vans produced by Fujian Benz Automotive, yet another local joint venture. A total of around 250,000 engines were built last year and the number is set to grow in the years to come following an investment of more than $530 million (€500M) to boost production capacity.

Besides putting together cars and engines, BBAC also has its own research and development center opened in 2014 and it’s actually the biggest R&D center of any Daimler joint venture.

2017 BDNT Denza 400
2017 BDNT Denza 400

Speaking of Daimler joint ventures, Mercedes' parent company has also teamed up with BYD in China to create Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. (BDNT). The latest product is called “Denza 400(pictured above) and takes the shape of an electrified BYD Denza featuring a 62-kWh battery pack with enough juice for 249 miles (400 kilometers).

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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