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Mercedes-Benz to start car production in Russia

Daimler AG has announced to expand its worldwide production network with the launch of its first passenger car production plant in Russia. At Esipovo Industrial Park, about 40 kilometers northwest of Moscow, a flexible production of SUVs and the E-Class Sedan will be established. Daimler will invest more than 250 million euros in the new production facility, where the first cars will leave the assembly line in 2019. More than 1,000 jobs will be created at the site and further jobs at local service providers and suppliers. Approximately 20 kilometers from the new plant, Daimler AG already put into operation a new aftersales wholetrade site for the Russian market in 2016.

“Russia is of strategic importance for Mercedes-Benz and an attractive growth market. That is why we expand our worldwide production network with a new plant at Esipovo Industrial Park,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management. “By establishing a local production we do not only achieve greater proximity to our Russian costumers but also strengthen the international competitiveness of Mercedes-Benz Cars.” Russia remains one of the strong markets for Mercedes-Benz in Europe. Last year's bestsellers were the E-Class sedan and the SUVs.

Production at the new site is operated by the newly founded company Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing RUS (MBMR). In addition to Daimler AG, the joint venture Daimler Kamaz RUS (DK RUS) is also involved in MBMR. In the DK RUS joint venture, Daimler has been cooperating with KAMAZ since 2010 to develop the Russian commercial vehicle market. Daimler and KAMAZ each hold a 50 percent stake in DK RUS.

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21/02/2017  |  Steven Schoefs

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