TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Mercedes-Benz plans to increase production capacity at its sole U.S. factory to 300,000 vehicles by the end of 2015, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Friday.
Last year, the plant in Vance, Alabama, built 185,000 M-, GL- and R-class crossovers. It began production of the redesigned C-class sedan in June.
This year, the plant will add 60,000 vehicles. A fifth vehicle, a coupe version of the M class, will be built here starting next year.
Zetsche would not break out separate production figures for the C class or the M coupe. The ML and GL crossovers will also have “major face lifts” in 2015, he said.
The total plant investment between 2010 and 2015 will be about $2.4 billion, Zetsche said.
Zetsche also confirmed that Mercedes is considering changing the names of some vehicles. Specifically, he said the redesigned GLK debuting next year may be renamed the GLC because of its similarity in size to the C class sedan.