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Mercedes-Benz Invests $350 Million in Alabama Plant To Build 2015 MLC Crossover

Ben TimminsOct 24, 2011
Things are looking up for Mercedes-Benz's Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant: Daimler announced it will spend $350 million to upgrade the plant to allow it to build the upcoming MLC-Class crossover.
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We've known for some time that Mercedes-Benz's forthcoming MLC crossover -- allegedly designed to compete against models like the BMW X6 and Acura ZDX -- would likely be built in Daimler's facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The official word came today, as officials revealed a $350 million investment in the plant would bring a secretive fifth model line to the factory, and create 400 jobs.
The MLC, as previous reports have called the vehicle, will attempt to blend the stance and all-wheel-drive traction of an SUV with the racy styling of a coupe. Production is officially scheduled to begin in 2015, and the MLC will likely be offered with gasoline V-6 and V-8 engines, along with at least one diesel option. We've also heard some murmors of an AMG-tuned version, which could compete against the insane X6 M.
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The announcement is the latest bit of good news for Tuscaloosa, although it wasn't entirely unexpected. Seeing as the MLC will likely share its architecture with the ML, GL, and R Class models, it makes the most sense to build the vehicle in Tuscaloosa, which presently manufactures all three lines. Mercedes already announced it will build C Class models in the factory by the end of 2014, which will create another 1000 job openings. All told, adding the C and MLC models to the plant represents a $2.4 billion investment in the plant.
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Source: Daimler

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