From 2014 the US will very much build its own next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class units, according to a statement from Daimler.
Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, has confirmed that as of 2014 part of the next-generation C-Class's allocated production will be moved to Vance, Alabama. The plant will supply local demand. The main thrust of the model's production will now be concentrated at the company's Bremen plant in Germany. These plans have been agreed upon by both the board of management and the General Labour Council.
At the same time Daimler said the next generation E-Class and S-Class will still be built at the Sindelfingen factory alongside the SL roadster which moves from Bremen. This, together with an investment in new technologies at the plant will ensure jobs are safe until at least 2019. Approximately 2,000 new "attractive jobs", as described by the company, will be created at Sindelfingen to offset the loss of the C-Class.
"With the decision on our new plant for compact cars in Hungary," said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, "the reorganisation of C-Class production as of 2014, and the production commitment for the E-Class and the S-Class, we have set the course for the future of our key models. This long-term strategic planning will give us additional growth opportunities and will make a significant contribution towards improving our competitiveness. This is the best way to protect jobs in Germany over the long term."