JOHANNESBURG (Bloomberg) -- Daimler AG will invest an additional 2 billion rand ($290 million) at a Mercedes-Benz plant on South Africa's southeast coast to expand production.
The investment will prepare the East London factory for production of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C class starting in 2014, Daimler said in a statement today. The plant, along with facilities in Germany, China and the United States, will build the new C class, the company's most popular passenger model.
The plant has “managed to provide us with a business and production plan that is competitive globally,” Wolfgang Bernhard, Mercedes production and purchasing chief, said in the statement.
Daimler, the world's second-largest maker of luxury vehicles, has invested more than 5 billion rand in South Africa over the past 10 years and the East London plant recently exported its 100,000th C-class model, according to today's statement. The South African plant will manufacture left- and right-hand drive C-class models for export to the rest of Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.