July 13, 2007

Mercedes-Benz marks ten years of production in Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz has celebrated the ten-year production anniversary of its M-Class SUV at its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The ceremony was attended by Alabama governor Bob Riley and DaimlerChrysler AG Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche.

The plant produced its first M-Class in 1997, and now also produces the R-Class and GL-Class. More than 960,000 units of the three models have been delivered; the 170,000 units produced last year marked the highest in the plant’s ten-year history. The facility is the company’s first passenger vehicle plant outside of Germany.

“In 2006, the economic impact of (the plant) and its Tier-1 suppliers was well over $6.8 billion to Alabama’s economy,” Riley says. “Mercedes-Benz changed the economic development model for Alabama. It improved the economy of the whole state and helped to prove that Alabama is the place to be when it comes to doing business.”

To mark the anniversary, Mercedes-Benz announced the M-Class “Edition 10”, to be available this fall; along with special features including 20-inch wheels and special colour highlights, the model will be marked with an Edition 10 badge on the fenders.

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