German carmaker Daimler on Thursday presented to the local council of Kecskemét (C Hungary) the first B-Class Mercedes to be made entirely at the company's new base in the city.
The compact car was presented to council members in the grand courtyard of the city hall.
Frank Klein, managing director of Daimler's Hungarian unit Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary, thanked mayor Gábor Zombor, deputy-mayor Klaudia Pataki-Szemerey and public notary Éva Metzinger for their support in establishing the base. "Without you, we would never have been able to build this factory," he said.
Frank said work on the plant, started two years ago, was going according to plan.
The car on display in Kecskemet is a pre-serial production unit that will be disassembled and tested.
The first serial production car is to roll off the line at the €800 million plant in Q1 2012. The plant will employ about 2,500 people to turn out next-generation compact models.
Daimler will show the new B-Class at the Frankfurt Auto Show on September 15-25