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Mercedes-Benz launches C-Class mass production in Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz officially launched mass production of the C-Class sedan today at its Alabama production facility, marking the first time the automaker’s U.S. plant has produced a sedan.

Meanwhile, media reports from Frankfurt, Germany said the automaker plans to significantly increase output at the Alabama plant from its current level of 185,000 vehicles per year. Reuters reported parent Daimler will “significantly” raise production capacity at the Tuscaloosa facility.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley joined Mercedes officials and local leaders at today’s event, thanking the automaker and its workers for the contributions they have made to the state’s surging auto manufacturing sector.

“If it were not for Mercedes coming here 20 years ago, Alabama wouldn’t have the highly-skilled workers we have today,” Governor Bentley tweeted.

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