Mercedes-Benz to Start Actros Production in Brazil in 2011
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“Due to the rapid growth of the Brazilian economy, we expect truck sales to increase further in the coming years,” explains Jürgen Ziegler, President of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil, in a release.
Brazil is Mercedes-Benz’s largest truck market. In the first five months of the year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks sold a total of 45,174 units. Of these, 18,047 units were sold by Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Brazil, putting the country ahead of Germany, Turkey, and France.
The decision to produce the Mercedes-Benz Actros in Juiz de Fora is part of the concept calling for an expansion of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil’s production capacity. In view of the rapidly growing demand for trucks and buses in Brazil, Mercedes-Benz Trucks announced back in March that it would expand commercial vehicle production in the country to include the facility in Juiz de Fora.
“The high qualification of the employees and the modern installations of the Juiz de Fora plant encouraged us to expand the production of our Mercedes-Benz trucks to also include this location,” said Ziegler. “This step is particularly necessary because our main facility in São Bernardo do Campo will reach its production capacity limit in 2012.”
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