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Exports to China, US to boost output of Kecskemét Mercedes plant further

Automotive

The Mercedes-Benz plant at Kecskemét, central Hungary, will raise its output further this year, mainly thanks to increasing exports to China and the United States, plant manager Thomas Geiger said in an interview with Hungarian news agency MTI on Friday. 

The plant turned out 150,000 cars last year, he said. Demand for the cars is on the rise, and interest in the CLA and the Shooting Brake model, manufactured exclusively at Kecskemet, is also rising in China and America, he said. The factory has decided to make more cars through improvements in efficiency, as well as the introduction of a third shift in September.

Daimler launched production of B-Class models at the plant in Hungary in March of 2012. It started making CLA models in January 2013 and launched CLA Shooting Brake production in January this year. Geiger said the plant plans to settle local suppliers in the vicinity of the plant, to replace some of the supplies now coming from Germany or other countries.

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