Mercedes-Benz Car Production is Currently “Under-Capacity”

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Mercedes-Benz 1 photo
With the latest sales reports pouring in from all over the world and almost all of them announcing what will surely be another record year for the Stuttgart car manufacturer, it seems that things just couldn't get any better from this point of view.

In an interview that Automotive World conducted with the magic mustache man Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz admitted himself that the demand for the three-pointed star has increased even beyond the current production limits.

“Except for the C-Class, where we are approaching the [model] changeover, we are basically short on all our model lines. We see expansion in China, which we are realizing right now. We have the capacity in Valmet just coming on stream. That is up to 60,000 units a year. But we are looking beyond that. We have an expansion in Tuscaloosa which is still not used, but will be used for the C-Class next year, in the range of 70 to 80,000 units. So within these limitations, we’re expanding everywhere but we need more plants as well. These will not be in Germany but basically where the additional demand is coming from.” said Zetsche.

With new plants to be built in Mexico, Brazil and China, plus a range of production lines expansions to be made at a number of existing plants, Mercedes-Benz seems to be on the right track when it comes to overcoming the increased demand, especially since new models are in the pipe line in the upcoming years.

Story via Automotive World


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