Size still matters, but the quest to be number one is also getting more headlines. Mercedes-Benz is the latest to stake its future on taking the top slot, with CEO Dieter Zetsche aiming to be the world's largest premium maker by 2020. The specific number is 2.7 million vehicles sold that year, which represents an astronomical jump from 2011 sales of 1.26 million vehicles.

To home in on that target, Mercedes intends to build factories in China and in North America – either Mexico or the U.S. – with the North American factory coming online by 2018, according to a report in Auto News. The facility here would build the "next generation A class together with Daimler's strategic partner Nissan."

Mercedes didn't offer any clarification on the Nissan component or what else a new facility might build, nor what the synergies might be with it and the engine deal recently signed between Daimler and Renault-Nissan.


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      LinuxAddict
      • 2 Years Ago
      UAW or not, please build it in USA.
      Pandabear
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should be forced to stay in the closed Chrysler factories for their mismanagement of Chrysler.
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      smhersh03
      • 2 Years Ago
      M-B has been making M-class SUV's here for 18 yrs...what's the big deal?
      jaydc1388
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most likely it will be in a right to work state, I just don't understand how anyone could be happy about it though.... German/foreign companies build plants in one of these states, the pay is less than a quarter of what workers make for the same jobs in their own countries (UAW workers make about half) and that's good news for America? From an interesting article, in 2010, over 5.5 million cars were produced in Germany, twice the 2.7 million built in the United States. Average compensation (a figure including wages and employer-paid benefits) for autoworkers in Germany was 48.97 Euros per hour ($67.14 US), while compensation for auto work in the United States averaged $33.77 per hour, or about half as much as in Germany, all according to 2007 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For Germany-based auto producers, the U.S. is a low-wage country. Another part of the article says workers in US Based BMW plant in right to work states make $15 hour and the pay is that low because there are no Unions to deal with in right to work states and they can get away with it, unlike back at home. . http://www.remappingdebate.org/article/tale-two-systems So the US has become like China for these companies, a place to pay cheap wages to assemble cars by people who make less than a fast food manager does, but somehow it's the UAW's fault and all unions are bad..........
        whofan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jaydc1388
        We have ourselves to blame for the race to the bottom. On the flip side a working America is far better than a Job less America. Diamler can give a little back for the rape of Chrysler.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's good and bad in this. The good: MB wants to build in the US. Why not a second plant in Alabama? Nobody likes the UAW in Alabama and King Bob knows it. The bad: Daimler and Nissan are Strategic partners? What?? Note to Carlos Ghosn: Run!
      Practical Nomad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mercedes Benz - Just don't settle for a reduction in quality, you're best for a reason. They had a relationship with Chrysler and sold them. Seems like it would have been best to do this while they had a foot in with Chrysler?
        ss1591
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Practical Nomad
        They took every dollar that Chrysler had and then made the worst American made cars in the past 20 years. I hope they do to themselves what they did to Chrysler.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look for them to build in another "right to work" state. Maybe they will throw Ole' Miss abone. This way they can really be proud of their good deed. What a joke. I will not buy a car not assembled in a UAW plant and not transported by a Teamster.
        David S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John
        That's funny; I will never buy a car built in any UAW plant or basically touched by any Union labor. So I think we just cancelled each other out.
      photofill
      • 2 Years Ago
      2018? really, this is news now? Well the news of the flying car company building 3 plants in USA in 2025 should also be relevant news today...
      David S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      M-B will be putting their factory on a giant floating platform in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, just so they can invite the UAW to take a long walk off a short pier.
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David S.
        When you consider the country where most of their work is done, that criticism is laughable.
      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rest assured - It will be wherever the UAW isn't.
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Diz
        I would agree. The new plant will most likely be built in a right-to-work state.
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        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        Michigan doens't offer the plumb financial inducements that other states do. Its funny that the state that offer the best inducements are the ones that perennially pull the most pork out of Washington. So I can see where they get their spare money.
        • 2 Years Ago
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