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Photo by: The Alabama Mercedes plant produced its 1 millionth M-Class in late 2009.

Alabama auto family: A look at the models produced in the state

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — In a generation, Alabama’s auto industry has gone from a production tally of zero to a total of nearly 7 million.

Talk about some speedy growth. The first dealer-ready vehicle made in Alabama – a white Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility – rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s Tuscaloosa County plant on Feb. 14, 1997, creating the premium SUV segment and Alabama’s auto industry.

Since that first M-Class left the plant, Mercedes has produced more than 1.8 million vehicles in Alabama.

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