Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz brand wants to produce nearly 1 million cars in Germany next year, which would be a record for the automaker. The target for Mercedes's three German plants is 988,110 cars and SUVs, according to internal documents obtained by Automotive News Europe.
A Daimler spokesman declined to comment on the targets.
The documents show that Daimler's total 2012 output target, including Smart and soon-to-be-phased-out Maybach, is 1.52 million, which means the automaker's German plants would account for 65 percent its global passenger car production next year.
Mercedes's biggest plant, which is in Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart, is expected to make 460,860 cars next year. Output at its Bremen factory is forecast to be 327,460 units while the Rastatt plant is predicted to produce 199,790 units, the internal documents show.
Mercedes's biggest plant outside of Germany, which is in Vance, Alabama, USA, is forecast to make 185,900 vehicles in 2012, up 30 percent on its projected 2011 total of 143,000. Mercedes made 125,000 vehicles in Vance in 2010.