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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Production Moving To Alabama

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Here at TCC, we've seen some interesting production news over the past few months -- for example, Ford intends to make the U.S. its export base, and Honda will export the American-made 2010 Civic . (Honda might also move Fit production stateside.) Now, Daimler has announced plans to beef up its American manufacturing activities by shifting some Mercedes-Benz C-Class production from Germany to a facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where R-, M-, and GL-Class vehicles are already made. The move is slated for 2014 and aims "to take advantage of a growing market, lower production costs and to avoid currency fluctuations". We suppose that's what they'd call the silver lining of the weak dollar cloud. [DetNews]

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  1. I don't think moving manufacturing away from their design shop bodes well for VW or Mercedes. Quality issues take longer to address. There is the tempting urge to decontent-ize local vehicles for the local market, to save costs. And buyers often want a "real" German/Italian/etc. car. I guess $35K is too cheap to export from Germany anymore.
     
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  2. Especially given that $35k ain't what it used to be (in Euros).
     
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