Automotive manufacturer Daimler AG has the capacity to increase annual production to 350,000 if customer demand requires it, head of manufacturing at Beijing Mercedes-Benz Automotive, Rene Reif, announced on Monday.
Daimler, creator of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks, Smart cars, and Fuso trucks and buses, is expanding its new Beijing plant before production of its long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz C-Class model.
The new car is tailored for the Chinese market and is part of a global expansion push by the automotive maker.
The Chinese plant made 120,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in 2013 and builds mainly E-Class and C-Class sedans.
Reif added aims to produce 140,000 by the end of 2014.
The expansion is part of a global project, which will see production of the new C-Class in the US, China and South Africa, following production in Bremen, Germany in 2014.