guide The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, one of the pillars of the manufacturer’s model palette, is a space SUV and electric car. The Vance, Alabama plant will be dedicated to SUV, crossover and electric vehicle production, just off C…
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, one of the pillars of the manufacturer’s model palette, is a space SUV and electric car. The Vance, Alabama plant will be dedicated to SUV, crossover and electric vehicle production, just a few years after C-Class production moved there at great cost.
Automotive News cites industry analyst LMC Automotive as saying the C-Class will reportedly end production in Alabama in late 2020. The future market C-Class will be sourced elsewhere after the model’s six-year tenure at the Alabama plant ends. Current Class C manufacturing facilities are located in Germany, South Africa and . Among these factories, the South African region has the largest production capacity, accounting for 25%. Representatives for Mercedes-Benz and Daimler have yet to confirm or comment on the matter, according to Automotive News.
According to reports, 60 percent of Mercedes-Benz sales in the U.S. will consist of SUVs and crossovers, while Vance has built GLS and GLE variants for global markets. The plant is said to be at 93 percent capacity, and with sales of the GLS and GLE expected to rise by around 30 percent, the sedan will have to bow out. It’s not that the C doesn’t sell – far from it, it’s Mercedes’ second-best model range – but it doesn’t have a crossover.
After a multi-billion dollar expansion, the Vance plant will also house the EQ GLE and EQ GLS manufacturing plants within the next decade. EQ sub-brand models will start building there in 2020 and 2022, respectively, and Mercedes aims to have electric vehicles account for 15-25 percent of its global sales by 2025.