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First production car at Daimler plant in Hungary in Q2 2012

German car maker Daimler will roll the first production car off the line at its new plant in Hungary in the first quarter of 2012, Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary managing director Frank Klein said on Friday.

At the end of January, Klein said the first pre-production test car would come off the line at the plant in Kecskemet, south of Budapest, within eight months.

Already, 720 Hungarians are working at the plant, Klein said. The number will rise to 1,700 by the end of 2011, he added.

The €800 million plant will make two of four next-generation models of Daimler's A- and B-class compact cars.