Daimler: Overcapacity? We Want Some Of That Overcapacity!

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
daimler overcapacity we want some of that overcapacity

Whenever the good folks at Daimler hear about European overcapacity, they ask: “Why can’t we have some of it?” Daimler’s compact cars are so popular that the plants in Rastatt, Germany, and Kecskemét , Hungary, are already bursting at the seams, and will even more so once the new A-Class starts shipping in fall.. Therefore, Daimler outsourced A-Class production to Valmet, the Finnish contract manufacturer.

Valmet will produce more than 100,000 units for Daimler from 2013 through 2016, the company said in a statement. This in addition to going to three shift production in Rastatt late in the year. Daimler says it has received more than 40,000 A-Class orders already.

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  • Polar Bear Polar Bear on Jul 24, 2012

    The moose had the sandwich concept for lunch.

  • Oelmotor Oelmotor on Jul 24, 2012

    The new A-Class is basically a Renault. I wonder if Daimler solved the rust problems plagueing the 1st and 2nd generation models.

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    • Oelmotor Oelmotor on Jul 24, 2012

      @svenmeier The 1,5 diesel for the A-class speaks French...

  • Tstag Tstag on Jul 24, 2012

    JLR and BMW are both running into similar problems

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jul 24, 2012

    Can Valmet build 100,000 Mercedes and still crank out those "in-demand" Fiskers?