Mercedes CLA Production Begins in HungaryFriday, January 25, 2013 13:04 by Arman Barari
As the Mercedes Benz production plant in Kecskemét, Hungary, celebrates production of its second exclusive model, the first unit of the all-new Mercedes CLA rolls off the assembly lines and heads to the warehouse in preparation for its market launch. Kecskemét Plant also makes the Mercedes B-Class.
Daimler celebrated production of the first CLA with a special ceremony attended by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán and Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Kecskemét Plant is expanding fast. It was opened only 10 months ago, and is now responsible for two strategic products.
The new Mercedes CLA compact four-door coupe is now available for ordering and will be delivered to dealerships beginning in April.
In his speech, Dr. Dieter Zetsche explained the background of the product decision: “The CLA is based on the Concept Style Coupe, which we introduced last year. The most frequent comment by far was ‘Please put this car into series production.’ That’s precisely what we are doing now.” With respect to the excellent performance of the Kecskemét plant’s team, Zetsche said: “More than 40.000 B-Class vehicles built here prove that you know how to build great cars. You are doing a first-class job here at the plant.” Zetsche also expressed the company’s special thanks to all Hungarian partners in the political, administrative and social areas for the continuous, constructive partnership: “We’re on a good way to reach our common goal – Kecskemét is developing as a center of the Hungarian automotive industry.”