Oh Lord: Your Mercedes Engine Might Come From China
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.