New Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 Starts Production in The US

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A little over four months since the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 started production in Bremen and just four weeks after it did the same thing in South Africa, the smallest rear-wheel drive sedan in the Mercedes-Benz lineup is has now began to be manufactured in the United States as well.
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is the third but not final production site for the new Baby Benz, as the Middle Kingdom will round up the C-Class W205 production network in Beijing in a very short while.

“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.” said Markus Schäfer, Divisional Board Member Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.

This the first time that a Mercedes-Benz C-Class is built in the US, with model manufactured in Tuscaloosa being exclusively destined for demand on the North American continent.

Since the Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen is still the so-called lead plant and in charge of controlling the global production of the new C-Class – with stuff like tooling strategy or the training of workers overseas – no less than 500 employees from the three other international plants completed an intensive training in Germany in order to pass on their accumulated knowledge back home.

More than 100 employees from the Alabama plant were part of the training in Bremen, which translated into entire months of learning about all the manufacturing technologies associated with the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205.

The all-new C-Class will reach US showrooms during the month of September, with just the C 300 4Matic and the C 400 4Matic to form the initial model lineup, while other variants should follow in 2015.
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