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!
Last week Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead hosted a private showing of the summer blockbuster “Jurassic World” starring Chris Pratt and the soon-to-be-released GLE Coupe SUV and a variety of other Mercedes-Benz models. The event was a hit as customers thoroughly enjoyed the movie and also got a sneak peek at upcoming Mercedes-Benz models!
Jurassic World Mercedes-Benz Models
Proving just how rugged and capable Mercedes’ G-Class really is, several models made an appearance during the new Jurassic World film. The GLE, Sprinter Van, six-wheeled G-Wagen, and Unimog all premiered in the movie. If the new G-Class is tough enough to survive a dinosaur attack, it can handle just about anything.
Although some may claim Jurassic World’s Mercedes models only appear thanks to product placement, the filmmakers beg to differ. According to The Washington Post, even script writers commented that in real life, it makes sense for the theme park to use Mercedes because of its luxury designs and durable capabilities.
“Jurassic World is an upscale theme park, so we wanted one of the most upscale auto manufacturers to be involved in it,” said producer Pat Crowley.
“Unveiling the new GLE Coupé in Jurassic World was a natural fit as we continue our relationship with Mercedes. It really adds to the storytelling,” said other executives.
Believe it or not, the six-wheeled G-Wagen and monster Unimog are real models offered outside of the US as light-armored vehicles and equipment carriers, perfect for dinosaur wrangling. Plus, as evidenced by the GLE, Mercedes can retain a certain level of sophistication while providing unparalleled performance.