São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil – Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has reached a record of more than 1.6 million commercial vehicles produced in Brazil since it started its activities in 1956. The record number makes Mercedes the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Latin America.
“We are very proud of the market position we reached in Brazil with the production of 1,140,000 trucks and 500,000 buses,” said company president Gero Herrmann. “This is an unprecedented volume among manufacturers of commercial vehicles in the country.”
Mercedes-Benz sold nearly 28,000 trucks in Brazil in 2007, for a market share of 29 per cent of the heavy-duty segment. In total, 50 per cent of the circulating truck fleet in Brazil is produced at the company’s plant in São Bernardo do Campo.
The company is also the largest exporter of commercial vehicles in Latin America; in total, around 180,000 trucks produced in Brazil were exported since 1965, and more than 150,000 buses since 1961. The plant currently employs about 12,000 workers and produces 260 vehicles each day. It also contains the largest Technological Development Center of all Daimler AG outside of Germany.