Workers at Mercedes-Benz’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant with the one-millionth M-Class. Click image to enlarge
Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant, its only manufacturing facility in North America, has produced its one millionth M-Class.
The milestone vehicle is an ML350 BlueTEC diesel, destined for a dealership on the west coast.
Initially, the M-Class was the only vehicle produced at the Alabama plant. More than 570,000 were built during the original model’s life cycle from 1997 to 2004. Following a US$600 million expansion, the plant now produces the second-generation M-Class, along with the R-Class and GL-Class. The Tuscaloosa plant is the only facility building the three models and, in total, has produced more than 1.2 million vehicles.
The plant will also build the new ML450 Hybrid, which goes on sale in the fall of 2009.