Mercedes-Benz first announced plans start building the C-Class at its Alabama factory back in 2009. It's taken a few years to get everything ready, but the first one finally rolled off the line on Wednesday. The milestone gave workers there enough reasons to be happy that they just couldn't help cranking up some Pharrell and dancing. Alabama governor Robert Bentley was at the plant to watch the first sedan be completed and uploaded this video of the celebration, as did local news outlet AL.com.

It seems that just about everybody has a reason to be happy at the Tuscaloosa factory at the moment. Mercedes gets to shield itself from European currency fluctuations to sell one of its top models in North America, and there are about 1,000 new workers at the plant to support building the sedan and pay taxes. Things are going so well there that the place may get a big upgrade in capacity in the near future to assemble even more vehicles. The plant is widely expected to host production for the forthcoming crossover 'coupe' derived from the M-Class utility, a model tentatively known as MLC.

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      Sergey R
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is there any real difference between US made Mercedes and Germany made Mercedes? It's 2014. They should have same quality control standards across their factories all over the word, shouldn't they?
        david.bergman1
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Sergey R
        I used to think the same thing but it doesn't appear to be the case. In my opinion, and I have owned multiple MB products made in both the US and in Deutschland, there is a noticeable difference in quality between those made overseas and those made in the states. The two that I owned that were made in the states not only felt chintzy compared to the German ones, they also weren't as reliable. Also, I bought them all new.
          Joey
          • 6 Months Ago
          @david.bergman1
          The first-gen MLs esp. have a poor reliability history, that is true.
        Chris
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Sergey R
        its suppliers that sink you now.
      Joey
      • 6 Months Ago
      Oh so we should see the new C at dealerships soon... can't wait to check it out! It looks very nice, especially the interior - best in class by a long shot.
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      Suckit UAW
        Lachmund
        • 6 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Yeah....how could a believer (lol) vote for better wages.
          Patrick
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          The cost of living is lower in AL than Michigan.
          churchmotor
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          Are you sure Patrick, you can buy a 5 bedroom 5 bath house in Detroit for $1000 dollars.
      Al
      • 6 Months Ago
      Okay. So the Mercedes models to AVOID are the M Class, GL Class and now the C Class. Sorry but I like my German cars to be made in, ya know, GERMANY.
      Patrick
      • 6 Months Ago
      Happy to see American workers. Good for them.
        Al
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Patrick
        There is nothing better than to have non-German Mercedes cars for at the quality standard of the US market. Now Detroit metal will be at the same level as the Alabama-made C Class. Good for them!
      stevenh
      • 6 Months Ago
      not sure if I would want the first one that came off the line let alone any of the first year. The early ML that were made in the USA were crap and sunk MB to a new low. I doubt that there will be any savings to any of the buyers on the car where made in the USA. For me one of the reasons we buy a German car is that it is made in Germany with fine craftsmanship. At least my MB C class is made in Germany
      dan10101
      • 6 Months Ago
      like most i worry about the build quality but i am hopeful that the same standards that are held in Germany are applied to the US
        tasmit99jj
        • 6 Months Ago
        @dan10101
        They have been building M class there for years numbnuts>
      AGSHOP
      • 6 Months Ago
      Awesome!!! C made in usa. Should be better quality now and cheaper for MB to make now! No more shipping and fees. Hope MB passes the savings on to us. If so I'll trade in my A4 within the next 3 years for a new C!
        Lachmund
        • 6 Months Ago
        @AGSHOP
        Better quality now? LMAO
        Johnny Macon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @AGSHOP
        Mercedes benz quality and image i think begin to suck when they started making just to many models! Trying act like GM! and the Japanese one thing i have noticed the cars are starting to look more and more generic ala GM and no longer distinct.like benzes of the past! I have a 560sel black and gray and that thing still turns heads that was Mercedes benz! And the service records of the new models speak for themselves! Especially the new c-class models they are horrible!!! My suggestion to Mercedes is cut back the number of models! Starting with that bull crapp R-class and c-class because no true Mercedes benz aficionados wants a minivan I mean who do you think you are toyota! And 2-3 other models should be dumped also! Instead focus on your core bread and butter models in s-class,sl,and e-class models! Do this and iam quite sure your reputation as being the most desirable and talked about luxury car on the planet!!! If you could just ask singer singer Janice joplin and don't marry any more American car companies ala! Chrysler!!! Just ask consumer reports!!!
      Adrian Elliot
      • 6 Months Ago
      I know plenty of other manufacturers (such as BMW) build their cars in other countries, but I thought one of the selling points of a German luxury car was that it was built in GERMANY. I appreciate the domestic jobs and certainly the reduction in carbon emmisions from not transporting the C-Class across the Atlantic, but...
        Johnny Macon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Adrian Elliot
        Well not too fast buddy first of all many of BMW cars are built in their south Carolina plant you hear! Because if you don't know! now you know!!!
      Revis Goodworth
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why would Mercedes stoop so low as to allow the song of a one hit wonder known as Pharett to defile their cars. This is a disgusting dead common song that is nauseating after the first play and could induce murder on the second play.
      United
      • 6 Months Ago
      These dancing clowns do not look like they are suitable for manufacturing a luxury car. I will not be buying the new Mercedes C class which is built in the Alabama plant. No thank you.
      joe shmoe
      • 6 Months Ago
      Are they going to pass on the manufacturing savings to the customer? No high priced german labor, no import tax = price drop. Yes?
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