• Sep 27, 2009
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The C-Class is Mercedes-Benz's biggest seller Stateside, and a report in a Stuttgart newspaper indicates the company could be looking to stabilize the revenue from its bread-and-butter sedan. The C-Class is currently produced in Sindelfingen, Germany, and that makes it prey to currency swings on the trip across the pond. If Mercedes transferred production to its plant in Vance, Alabama, the company would also pay lower labor costs than it does in Europe.

The Alabama plant currently makes the M, GL, and R-Class vehicles. In March of this year, Mercedes allotted $290 million to expand the facility but didn't name any vehicle that would be added there, only saying it would be "future product." The German report mentioned that Mercedes could move some SL production from Bremen to Sindelfingen to make up for the shift, but a Mercedes spokesman said there is nothing in the works and nothing to comment on at the moment.

A German labor representative said that if such a move were to come, he would expect Mercedes to have a plan to save the 3,000 jobs that would be jeopardized at Sindelfingen, and protect production at Bremen as well. If Mercedes does move the C-Class here, it would become the first of the German players to build its highest volume car in the States.



[Source: WGAL]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      How good is the build quality of the current trucks coming out of Vance?

      If Mercedes-Benz can maintain the same/higher level of quality at a lower cost, why not...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice! Folks at the Vance plant have been pretty nervous here lately about whether or not it's even going to stay open. Mercedes moving the C-class there would still those fears. Not to mention help justify the tax breaks from Montgomery.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just love that your avatar has a treble clef instead of a bass clef, given your name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's to declare my love for the lower instruments. Notice how the treble part is told to shut up. :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Senator Shelby will be thrilled.
      • 5 Years Ago
      German cars made outside of Germany have had quality issues.
      -M class, Z4, Jettas, Beetles, Tourags, Q7, Golf to name a few built outside the country.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have nothing to say, Keep your C-class, and give back what you took from Chrysler.

      Everyone I know at Coca-Cola that drives a Sprinter says nothing but, problems! They want their Chevy Vans back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That makes sense. Given shrinking profit margins in the automobile industry, if M-B can save on the import tax of a made-abroad car (2.5% for nations without a FTA treaty if I recall correctly) plus labor savings from its Alabama work-force vis-a-vis the German laborers, then add it all up with Alabama's tax incentives and the profit per C-Class sold in the U.S. goes up even if the engine and transmission are still imported from Germany.

      As for quality issues, Toyota and Honda has demonstrated that a non-unionized workforce when properly trained, and given regularly training lessons on quality, can be as productive and qualitative with any workforce anywhere in the planet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, which is more "domestic"? This, or the Ford Fusion?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your mom.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nobody wants to hear your juvenile garbage, child. Now go back to your mommy's basement. Isn't it past your bedtime, anyway?
      milton
      • 5 Years Ago
      THE BEST WAY TO MAE MONEY IN THE AUTO BUSINESS IS TO BUILD ,OR MODERNIZE NSOME PLANTS ,NEAR PORTS ,AND WITHGOOD QUALITY EMPLOYEES.THE ADAGECEAP ,CHEAP ENDS UP EXPENSIVE.WHAT PLANTS HAVE HIGHER RECALLS ,AND ACCIDENTS AND,THE MONDAY HANGOVERS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

      NO MORE GERMAN CARS MADE IN AMERICA!!!!

      Mercedes should be made in Germany.

      The End.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really, really, really hope not. I have an Alabama asssembled ML I bought new. It has been back to the dealer 28 times and counting. 42k easy miles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YOUR SPAM IS UNWANTED HERE (or anywhere).
      • 5 Years Ago
      "If Mercedes does move the C-Class here, it would become the first of the German players to build its highest volume car in the States."

      Wrong. BMW built the 3-Series in their Spartanburg plant from March of 1995 until Z3 production took off. I believe the 318 was the first BMW to be produced at Spartanburg.
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