Mercedes-Benz to Boost Production Amid Strong Sales of S-Class
Due to strong sales of the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz is ramping up production of the flagship sedan in Sindelfingen, Germany. The company has increased shift times by 30 minutes a day and will bump this up to an additional 74 minutes next year, according to a report from Automotive News. The boost will help Mercedes-Benz achieve its goal of reclaiming the top spot in global luxury auto sales. In 2011, the company dropped to third place, but it has since been gaining momentum. So far, sales for the eleven-month period are up 11 percent for a total of 1.32 million vehicles, beating out Audi during the month of November. The redesigned 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been selling like hotcakes in one of Mercedes' most important markets: the U.S. So far this year, sales have reached 11,446, gaining from last year. Meanwhile, its major competitor, the BMW 7 Series has fallen behind with only 9,813 sales this year, down by almost a third. It's not only the S-Class that is going strong. Demand for other models, including the GLK-Class and C-Class, is expanding so much that Mercedes' factory in Bremen is adding ten shifts to accommodate the boost. The company is also ramping up operations at its German plant in Rastatt for compact cars and is adding Saturday hours to its plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. which produces SUVs. Source: Automotive News
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