Mercedes-Benz C-Class Production Started in Alabama
Mercedes-Benz has started production of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class at its U.S. plant in Tuscaloosa/Alabama
by John Clark | 18 June 2014
Mercedes-Benz has started production of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class at its U.S. plant in Tuscaloosa/Alabama. With this, the third location in the global C-Class production network has begun manufacturing. The new C-Class sedan is made for the first time in Tuscaloosa and extends the plant’s traditional production program of the SUV models of the M-, R-, and GL-Class. The sedan of Mercedes-Benz’ highest volume model line is the first model to be produced on four continents: Following the ramp-ups in Bremen, Germany (February), East London, South Africa (May), and now Tuscaloosa, the production location in Beijing, China will begin manufacturing shortly.
Markus Schäfer, Divisional Board Member Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management: “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.”
The Bremen plant, in its capacity as the so-called lead plant, is controlling global production of the C-Class – from the tooling strategy to the training of the colleages from the international plants to production quality. With this, the company ensures top quality at all production sites from the outset. In total, some 500 employees from the international plants – among them more than 100 from Tuscaloosa – completed intensive training also in Germany in order to pass on their knowledge as multipliers in their respective home plants.
Jason Hoff, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant: “Many of our Team Members have spent weeks and months in Germany getting to know the C-Class and the technologies associated with this product. Thanks to our highly qualified and motivated team, we are optimally prepared to write the next chapters of our success story ‘made by Mercedes-Benz in Alabama’.”