Mercedes-Benz is known for luxury vehicles, but the German automaker also produces the popular Sprinter Van. Commonly used for business purposes in the United States, demand has been steadily increasing over the years. Due to high import tariffs, the vans, which were assembled in Germany, have been taken apart, shipped, then reassembled in the United States. In order to simplify the process, the German automaker is building a new manufacturing plant.
Mercedes-Benz’s new manufacturing plant will be located in North Charleston, South Carolina. The German automaker plans to invest $500 million into building the new plant that will ultimately create 1,300 jobs. The new production center will join the existing Mercedes-Benz plant that reassembles the vans once they arrive in the United States.
Overall, 2015 Sprinter van sales jumped 11% compared to the previous year, coming to a total of 28,000 units moved. With 2016 looking even better, the automaker decided to build the new plant in order to reduce delivery time and avoid the high import tariffs.
“We are combining all of our global expertise and experience in this plant. In doing so, we make it one of the most advanced facilities in North America,” said Frank Klein, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Head of Operations.
Here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, we couldn’t be more excited for the building of a new plant here in the United States!