Oh Lord: Your Mercedes Engine Might Come From China

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

Daimler’s China business is getting increasingly important. Two series, the C-Klasse and the E-Klasse, are already being built in China at their joint venture with Beijing’s BAIC. Soon, there will be a third line, says Automobilwoche [sub]. Today, Daimler’s CFO Bodo Uebber did not want to deny that it will be the GLK compact SUV. Wait, there is more …

By 2015, Daimler, called “Benz” in China, wants to double their annual sales in the Middle Kingdom to 300,000 units, half of them produced in China. The joint venture plant in Beijing needs to double its capacity.

And here comes a shocker for Daimler fundamentalists: Daimler might be building engines in China. For the first time in Daimler’s history, engines will be built outside of Deutschland, says Automobilwoche. Oh Lord, your next Mercedes Benz might have a Chinese engine.

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  • Steve Biro Steve Biro on Jun 24, 2010

    "SVX pearlie June 24th, 2010 at 2:00 pm I know. From his comment, it would appear that golfers are a bunch of elitist a-holes with more money than brains." And your point? :)

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jun 24, 2010

    Now now. Country club members are few and far between. The vast majority of golfers are working/middle class, and if they're members of a club, it's a public or municipal course. At my muni club, the directory has ads from roofers, carpenters, tile setters, plumbers, a DUI attorney and a bail bondsman - all members. We tend to have the same opinion of the country club set as stated above, and we know we outnumber them 20-1. FYI, the most common car question at my muni course is "How many more miles you think you can get out of that heap?"

    • Another_pleb Another_pleb on Jun 24, 2010

      I have to say that the richest people I know (materially as opposed to spiritually) seem to drive fairly shabby cars. Snobbery is a very subtle and nuanced game to play, if you go around shouting about how rich you are, people higher up the social ladder than you will look down on you even if they are poorer; we've all seen Caddyshack. Going for the "badge delete" option on your leased cooking Merc is a sure sign that you don't have much money, deleting the badge on a V12 S-Class that you paid for with cash shows that you do. However, the owner of my company, a millionaire many times over, drives a slightly dented 10 year old E-Class; he doesn't (em)need(/em) to impress anyone.

  • Infinitime Infinitime on Jun 24, 2010

    I find it amusing that so many would still be reluctant to buy, simply because of the product's country of manufacture. Would these same ppl have issues with their Ipods, Macbooks, Thinkpads, LG screens, all of which are manufactured in China? I hope they also know that the V6 in the Trailblazer, and the block of the engine in teh Honda Fit, are also made in China...

    • Gimmeamanual Gimmeamanual on Jun 24, 2010

      Many people don't care where their "throw-away" products are made, but would care where the engine in their $50k car was made. I don't, but know many that do.

  • Djn Djn on Jun 24, 2010

    Daimler has been making diesel engines in Brazil for decades. Wasn't the original BMW Mini engine made by Daimler in Brazil. Whats the difference?