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Mercedes-Benz Opening New U.S. Plant to Build Sprinter Vans

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/6/2015 Karla Sanchez

To keep up with the growing demand for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans in the U.S., the German automaker has announced that it will open a new assembly plant in South Carolina. As part of a $500 million investment, the new facility will be dedicated to building large commercial vans.

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Set to start construction near the Charleston, S.C., area sometime in 2016, the new plant will not only create more than 1300 jobs, but it will also help Mercedes meet growing demand for its vans at a lower cost while also reducing delivery times. 2014 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4x4© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4x4

"This plant is key to our future growth in the very dynamic North American van market,” Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said to Automotive News. After Germany, the U.S. is the second-largest market for the Sprinter van.

Since 2001, most U.S.-market Sprinter vans have been produced in kit forms at German plants and then shipped to South Carolina for assembly. Cutting out the extra step would definitely have its benefits, with one of those being the possible addition of the newly revealed midsize Metris van to the assembly line. The U.S.-market Metris, which slots below the Sprinter, just made its official debut this week and will go on sale in October 2015 as a passenger and cargo van. The Metris will also be shipped in kits and assembled here, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see it built at the new plant once it’s up and running.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required).

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