Volkswagen may have paved the way for American customers to get used to the idea of German cars produced in Mexico, but it won't be the only one for long. BMW is said to be considering production of the 1 Series, 3 Series and Mini south of the border, Audi is working on its own factory in San Jose Chiapa, and now Mercedes-Benz is reported to be following suit as well. Only instead of building its own plant, Daimler is tipped to use a Nissan factory in Aguascalientes.

According to a report in Manager Magazin recently cited by Automotive News Europe, that's where Mercedes is considering building the GLA, CLA and another A-Class sedan. Just what the point would be of another sedan based on the A-Class in addition to the CLA, we're not sure, but if Benz can produce the larger CLS in addition to the E-Class and S-Class sedans, we suppose there'd be room for an A-Class sedan alongside the CLA as well.

We're still waiting on confirmation and comment from Mercedes on the prospect, but one way or another, the increase in Mexican production of German automobiles seems to be a foregone conclusion.



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      raughle1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why do I care where my FWD Econobenz is bolted together?
        Bernard
        • 5 Months Ago
        @raughle1
        Because it costs at least $40k to drive off an MB dealership lot with one.
          david.bergman1
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Bernard
          That's true but because of all of the advertising, most people (incorrectly) think you are driving a $29k car.
      joe shmoe
      • 5 Months Ago
      Made in Mexico. Made in China. Pick your poison. These days, I think I'd rather go with Mexico
      Zaki
      • 5 Months Ago
      I would have an issue if it was the S class or even the E class, but the CLA being built in Hungary or Mexico, should be acceptable.
      Legend of Vinny T
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nissan has already announced that the production Infiniti Q30 is built on the M-B A/B-Class platform, so this makes sense. I'm sure Nissan would rather build Q30s in Aguascalientes than Japan or Europe to keep the price below the Q50, so why wouldn't M-B piggyback on that line for NAFTA-spec A-Class variants?
        Bernard
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Legend of Vinny T
        I would prefer is Infiniti didn't make the Q30 at all. Infiniti already has Nissan to make econocars. They don't have to go chasing the Germans down the econo-"luxury" hole that they are all piling into.
        Mercennarius
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Legend of Vinny T
        Actually the platform is built by Nissan, Mercedes is sharing it.
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 5 Months Ago
      Well, the Tacoma is built in east Tijuana and I haven't heard any reliability issues. I really think it doesn't matter where a car is built as long as machines are involved. Hand built cars is another ballgame, but when machines do most of the job, why does it matter? The ML has had many reliability issues and is built in Alabama. Range Rovers are plagued with issues and are built in England. Mexico has come a long way. In TJ they have this event every two years called Tijuana Inovadora, and you wouldn't believe all the gadgets and tech that is built and designed in Tijuana from almost every industry. I highly recommend people especially in the US to travel (or at least read whats going on in the world) before you pass judgement. Anyway why does it matter? It's the CLA, it's already a FWD, cheap Mercedes-Benz!!
      Mr Sled
      • 5 Months Ago
      If anyone can think back to when a Mercedes was solely a German import car... there was something special about seeing one on the street. Things were different all thru the car, almost quirky because they were the European models with funny bumpers made for America. It was a car designed, engineered, and manufactured for Europe... imported to the US... and was something special. Nowadays, it seems that only the name, history, and price tag are what define a car. They make Camrys up the road from me here in Indiana. Is the Camry a Japanese car? Is it an American car? I don't know anymore... it's just a car. I guess I simply get sad about this kind of thing when I travel the world only to drive past a McDonalds in Japan, or Germany, or just down the street. It use to be that you would get sushi in Japan, brats in Germany, and burgers here in the US. Now, it's just Big Macs everywhere... as it goes with the auto industry.
      david.bergman1
      • 5 Months Ago
      The CLA has a low profit margin, it's already cheap, it hasn't gotten very good reviews because of its cheap interior, clunky trans and absurdly small back seat. Making them in Mexico is certainly going to improve peoples opinion of the "poor man's" Benz.
      Typesbad
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Japanese have had very good luck with their US transplants. (mostly: looking at you Mazda!) and what that has told me is that the quality is in large part due to the engineering and management at the plants. Content, design and quality and value rate much higher than the brand for me, so at the moment, while quite attractive, the CLA falls short on content and value so no sale from me no matter where it is assembled. If I were attracted to the car, I'd still probably wait a year or or more to see how well things are going in that plant.
      Richard
      • 5 Months Ago
      CLA buyers don't care that their Versace sunglasses are made in China, so why should they care if their $35k Mercedes is built in Mexico? You don't think you can build a $35k Mercedes in West Germany where lineworkers make $60+ an hour, do you? And besides, if the management and QC is German then what is the difference?
        david.bergman1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Richard
        Lol Richard, CLA drivers only wear fake Versace glasses.
        Igor
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Richard

        Sunglasses is simple product, while a car is very complex machinery!  Especially new generation, with all electronics/safety features now days! I had enough with my Nissan Sentra assembled in Mexico (8 recalls in 15 months). That's why I would  never pay MY money for Mexican made car (or China)! Ask yourself a question: "Would you trust life of you family to low quality made cars?" New Honda Fit made in Mexico and transmission made in Indonesia! Question: how many transmissions Honda will replace under warranty? By the way, Hungary is NOT Mexico/China it is developed European country with 100+years car making industry! Here is link to list of famous Hungarian inventors : www.skyex.com/inventors/eng/indexregi.htm To name a few inventions: first purposefully flying helicopter, gas-engines  carburetor, ball pen and Nobel Prize winner etc.

      churchmotor
      • 5 Months Ago
      As long as it's not UAW labor, I don't care where they are built.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Agree
          Genericbeer
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Wow, there's a surprise, you useless tool.
        Bernard
        • 5 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        UAW labor may be bad, but it's not Mexico bad.
        Camaroman101
        • 5 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Why does everyone have a problem with American Unions but not European Unions? They get much more money and much better working conditions than UAW members.
          RocketRed
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Camaroman101
          John, by "contracted" I reckon you mean "at will." OK. But by your later clause I reckon you want the repeal of the 13th amendment. The South is not going to rise again, so, no.
          johnbravo6
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Camaroman101
          Who is everyone? If it were up to me, I'd be buying cars from privately owned companies, with contracted employees holding citizenship in no country.
      Koenigsegg
      • 5 Months Ago
      (C)rappy (L)ame (A)utomobile .... lol
      Jay
      • 5 Months Ago
      Well at least their workers aren't wearing baggy sweat pants and tie die t-shirts like at the GM factories.
        Genericbeer
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jay
        What is with the people on this site and their obsession with factory workers' clothing? Would you rather they be naked and rubbing their nutsack or hoohaa all over the inside of your car? Jesus H Christ, get over yourselves.
          Gorgenapper
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Genericbeer
          I want them to oil themselves up and do a belly flop over the hood in order to test paint durability and resistance to various bodily fluids.
        Bernard
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jay
        You're right, they'll be luck if they can afford shirts at all. Excellent point!
        Camaroman101
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jay
        sweat pants are used vs say jeans, to keep any metal buttons orzippers from scratching the paint.
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