The seven-seat R class enjoys a loyal following in the Far East. A source told Automobilwoche, the German affiliate of Automotive News Europe, that Mercedes production will be about or slightly more than 10,000 units annually. Only the long-wheelbase version will be made.
Daimler chose a U.S. production site over China because of the existing supplier network, Automobilwoche said. Moreover, it is easier to move the tooling to another U.S. site.
The production run is indefinite and demand is strong enough to justify several more years of production, Automobilwoche said.
AM General said its commercial assembly plant is a “full-service manufacturing and support facility that utilizes state-of-the-art robotic welding, painting and assembly techniques coupled with a lean manufacturing culture and highly skilled workforce to meet the requirements of its customers.”