New Mercedes-Benz Beijing plant boasts 350,000 car capacity

Posted on 22 Apr 2014 by Victoria Fitzgerald

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.