- Mercedes-Benz has started production of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class at its U.S. plant in Tuscaloosa/Alabama. With this, the third location in the global C-Class production network has begun manufacturing. The new C-Class sedan is made for the first time in Tuscaloosa and extends the plant's traditional production program of the SUV models of the M-, R-, and GL-Class. The sedan of Mercedes-Benz' highest volume model line is the first model to be produced on four continents: Following the ramp-ups in Bremen, Germany (February), East London, South Africa (May), and now Tuscaloosa, the production location in Beijing, China will begin manufacturing shortly.
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- Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa/Alabama starts production as the third location in the global C-Class production network (Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Fuel consumption, combined cycle: 6.0 – 4.0 l/ 100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 140 – 103 g/km)*
- New Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan extends plant’s traditional production program of SUV models M-, R-, and GL-Class
- Markus Schäfer: “For the first time, the C-Class is manufactured also in Tuscaloosa – the team has done an excellent job in mastering this challenge.”
Markus Schäfer, Divisional Board Member Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management: “With the successful start of production at the Tuscaloosa plant, we are expanding our C-Class capacities and are ready for the market launch in the USA and Canada in the fall. For the first time, the C-Class is manufactured also in Tuscaloosa – the team has done an excellent job in mastering this challenge.”
The Bremen plant, in its capacity as the so-called lead plant, is controlling global production of the C-Class – from the tooling strategy to the training of the colleages from the international plants to production quality. With this, the company ensures top quality at all production sites from the outset. In total, some 500 employees from the international plants – among them more than 100 from Tuscaloosa – completed intensive training also in Germany in order to pass on their knowledge as multipliers in their respective home plants.
Jason Hoff, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant: “Many of our Team Members have spent weeks and months in Germany getting to know the C-Class and the technologies associated with this product. Thanks to our highly qualified and motivated team, we are optimally prepared to write the next chapters of our success story ‘made by Mercedes-Benz in Alabama’.”
*Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the EU guide “Information on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption of new cars”, which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships, from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH and at www.dat.de.