Mercedes Increases Production To Meet US CLA Demand

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: I erroneously reported production would be increased at MBUSI in Vance, Ala. alongside the Hungary facility. That’s what I get for reading the dateline and interpreting things as such. My apologies. — CA]

With demand still strong and supply still tight months later, Mercedes-Benz is pumping up production capacity to bring more CLAs to showrooms in the United States.

Automotive News reports 14,113 copies of the $30,825 entry-level premium sedan were sold in the United States during the last four months of 2013, with the most sold overall in October at 4,895 units. Additionally, 15,676 CLAs left the showroom floor from January through August of this year.

Thus, the facility in Kecskement, Hungary that produces the CLA added a third shift in May to help meet demand the world over, having made a total of 109,266 in 2013 alone. The plant will also host production of a CLA shooting brake, a vehicle Mercedes has “no current plans” to bring over to the U.S., according to a representative.

As for how many CLAs will be leaving Vance, Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche didn’t specify, though he did expect “a positive reaction” to the boost in production.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Mjz Mjz on Sep 16, 2014

    Mercedes Lite. Cars like this will eventually tarnish the Mercedes brand image.

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    • HotPotato HotPotato on Sep 25, 2014

      Audi sells an overpriced Jetta with FWD and a rough 4-cylinder and we all clap. Mercedes does the same and we lose our flippin minds. What am I missing?

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Sep 16, 2014

    You know why I love the CLA? Because it gave the C class room to breathe. Now we're getting a baby E-class with an S-class interior for well under $50K. First interesting car to my eyeballs that I could put in the driveway Mercedes has come out with in close to two decades.

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    • Krhodes1 Krhodes1 on Sep 16, 2014

      @Kyree What do you find unpleasant about BMWs vinyl compared to the others? Seems like pretty much the same stuff to me, with VWs being noticeably thinner and cheaper feeling. Sport does not necessarily mean leather, at least on the 1, 2, and 3. Leather was and is usually either a standalone option, or included in the Premium Pkg. There were exceptions over the years. Some years of 335i had leather standard, and some years of at least the 328i wagon (my '11 included) had leather as part of the free "Value Package". But whether they seats are sport seats or not is irrelevant. If you got the sport package, or now sport line, they come covered in whatever you otherwise ordered. And it can be VERY difficult to tell the difference in the car - the big giveaway is the stitching pattern, they pretty much feel the same either way. Which makes sense, as automotive leather at less than optional 5-series level, is pretty much just painted cow hide. And after a few years it shows.

  • Voyager Voyager on Sep 17, 2014

    If I can remember it correctly, Cadillac practically owned the U.S. luxury car market in the 70's, accounting for approx. fifty percent. That has shrunk to less than nine percent this year. Now the Germans own fifty percent of the U.S. luxury car market. As one commentator wrote: the more Cadillac waits, the less (financial) room there is to maneuver... and to compete.

  • Stanczyk Stanczyk on Sep 18, 2014

    It's a fake Mercedes : it's FWD and it's got no style(just shmancy fancy colours and messy 'cheap-pumped.up-hyped' design..) .. MB is making money on ignorant, nouveau-riche hipsters .. and because this car is quite $uccesfull($ellout) .. the others will follow .. (As somebody's writen here: GM should dress Chevy Cruze into 'Caddy's clothes .. and today .. nobody will notice(maybe except some 'underground car magasines':) , because the mainstream ones[that need adds to survive] will follow corporate-PR bull$..t )..