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smart Production Plant Celebrates Milestone

One million five hundred thousand cars. Any way you look at it, it’s a landmark production achievement for a car that redefined what was possible for an urban commuter. This milestone was represented by a white smart forwo electric drive cabrio. It was also one of the last vehicles to roll of the production line at Hambach, Lorraine, whose production will be paused for almost two months in July and August. This is due to renovations to large parts of the production installation, in anticipation of future production requirements. The smart plant in Hambach was inaugurated in 1997 and has produced the smart fortwo since 1998. Approximately 1,500 people work at… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Ramps Up A-Class Production

In what must be more than welcome news for Mercedes and its parent Daimler, sales for the compact A-Class are exceeding expectations, to the point that its Rastatt plant will be running three shifts to cover demand. Indications for very strong demand were already evident since the launch of the A-Class in June, when more than 70,000 units were ordered following the market release. With the demand, the Rastatt plant has employed an additional 500 workers on a permanent basis. Already, the Rastatt complex employs 6,500 people where, apart from the A-Class, the B-Class is also being produced. Mercedes’s upcoming compact SUV is also slated to be built there. In… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Aims To Increase Production By 13% In 2012

There’s something we mere consumers must not be aware of, as couple of major manufacturers are eyeing double digit increases in production output for the incoming year. First of all, Toyota had announced that it’s increasing manufacturing outputs by 20% for 2012. Then this week, Mercedes announced its intention to increase its own output by 13%. This comes on the heels of record sales for the German manufacturer, and despite the general economic uncertainties that have curbed consumer spending somewhat. Undoubtedly, this confidence in being able to move such an increase in output stems from the fact that Mercedes has done well in new markets such as China and India…. Continue Reading »

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New Production Record For Mercedes-Benz

The number 125 is an auspicious one for Mercedes-Benz.  As followers of this blog and all things Mercedes know, this is the year Mercedes-Benz is celebrating its 125th anniversary as an automobile manufacturer. But perhaps just as important and significant for a company that intends to be on the map for the foreseeable future, 125, plus four zeros after it, represents the number of vehicles the company will be producing this year. This more than 1.25 million record follows the production record set last year. Says Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard: “Mercedes-Benz is going on the attack. We are securing our path to the top by extensively investing in the expansion of… Continue Reading »

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ML63 AMG Retirement Ushers In A Cold New Year

With the end of 2010 comes some news that dampens the Christmas cheer for hotfoots around the world. Coming on the heels of news of the end of production for the BMW M5, M6 and Audi RS6 comes more news that the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is also being retired. Add to all that the news that the Nurburgring is in trouble and it is a cold welcome to the New Year. Especially for our motoring friends in Germany. The ML 63 AMG was powered by that AMG mainstay 6.2 liter V8 engine, naturally-aspirated in this case, producing 510 hp and 630 Nm of torque. In conjunction with an AMG Speedshift… Continue Reading »

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