1 Millionth M-Klasse Built in North America

The workers and employees at the only Mercedes-Benz plant in North America today celebrated the one millionth M-Klasse that rolled off the assembly line today, namely a fuel-efficient ML 350 BlueTEC diesel, destined for a West Coast Mercedes-Benz dealership. The Tuscaloosa Plant therefore reached an important milestone that somehow rewards the team's efforts.

“Everyone here at MBUSI is extremely proud to have reached this milestone,”
said Ola Kaellenius, who assumed leadership of the plant in June 2009 as the new President and CEO of MBUSI.

“This year has posed some challenges, but our Team Members have worked to maintain our momentum and they’ve turned those challenges into opportunities. I’m personally excited by the passion and dedication I’ve seen in our Team Members as they’ve worked to help us achieve our goal of delivering superior products to our customers.”

According to a statement released by the manufacturer, initially, the M-Klasse was the only vehicle produced at the Alabama plant. More than 570,000 vehicles were built during the original M-Klasse’s first eight years of production, meaning from 1997 to 2004.

That kind of success naturally led to a $600-million plant expansion. Today, three vehicles are built at the Tuscaloosa facility, namely the second-generation M-Klasse, the R-Klasse SUV Tourer, and the GL-Klasse luxury SUV. In total, MBUSI has built more than 1.2 million vehicles and MBUSI is the sole production location for these three products.

Mercedes Benz is currently preparing for the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, where it will be introducing the new E-Klasse convertible and wagon, the near production ready Vision S 500 Plug-in HYBRID and the much anticipated 2010 SLS AMG.
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