Stuttgart/Germany, July 24, 2012
Daimler Expands Production Capacities for the New Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Very positive resonance of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class – more than 40,000 orders to date
Agreement on contract manufacturing with Finnish production specialist Valmet Automotive
Due to the very positive resonance of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Daimler will expand production capacities for the model. The company thus signed an agreement with the Finnish Supplier Valmet Automotive. According to the agreement, Valmet will produce more than 100,000 units for Daimler from 2013 through 2016. The company has received more than 40,000 A-Class orders to date. Market launch will be in mid-September.
The new Mercedes-Benz compacts are produced in a network of the Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt, Germany, and Kecskemét, Hungary. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class rolled off the line as the first product of the new generation at both sites, the new A-Class has been built at Rastatt since July 2012. Next product from the Rastatt plant will be the compact SUV, and from the Kecskemét plant the four-door coupe of the new generation of compact cars. Moreover, Daimler invests massively in the German powertrain plants: Almost 400 million Euros will be invested in 2012 and 2013 in components that will only be used for the new compacts. It is furthermore planned to build premium compact cars for the Chinese markets locally and close to the customers in the future.