Mercedes-Benz Vans invests $150 million in the production of the next generation Sprinter in Argentina

06.
April 2017
Buenos Aires
  • Investment of $150 million for the production ramp-up of the next generation Sprinter at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Argentina.
  • Preparations for the ramp-up in Argentina as well as other global Sprinter plants are already on-going.
  • Creation of more than 500 additional jobs in Argentina.
  • Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans: “With our investment we underline the importance of the market, our customers in Argentina and our outstanding country team."

Buenos Aires – Mercedes-Benz Vans invests $150 million in the production of the next generation of the large van Sprinter in Argentina. Yesterday, Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, announced this investment in a personal meeting with Mauricio Macri, President of the Argentine Republic. Preparations for the production ramp-up at the plant in Argentina as well as other global Sprinter plants are already on-going. The roll-out of global production will start before the end of the decade. As part of the ramp-up and future production of the next generation Sprinter in Argentina, Mercedes-Benz Vans will create more than 500 additional jobs at the plant. Currently, Mercedes-Benz Vans employs approximately 2,300 in total in Argentina.

Volker Mornhinweg: “Argentina has been playing a key role for our international growth strategy ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ and it will continue to do so in the future as well. With our investment we underline the importance of the market, our customers in Argentina and our outstanding country team. We have a longstanding history in Argentina and we are the undisputed market leader with our ‘world vehicle’ Sprinter. The professional work of our local team as well as our suppliers in Argentina will ensure top quality in any vehicle manufactured here by Mercedes-Benz Vans."

Roland Zey, Managing Director Marketing & Sales for Latin America: “Our van icon, the Sprinter, stands for great versatility, offering customers highly efficient and reliable transport solutions. We’re very excited about its next generation which will redefine this aspiration – and which will be on top fully connected.”

About Mercedes-Benz Vans in Argentina

The plant Centro Industrial Juan Manuel Fangio in the town of González Catán near Buenos Aires, which was founded in 1951, was the first Mercedes-Benz production site outside of Germany. Since 1996 Mercedes-Benz Argentina has produced in total around 290,000 Sprinter there. Since 2015 the mid-size van Vito also rolls off the assembly line. The plant additionally assembles bus chassis and trucks. The plant covers a surface of approx. two million square meters.

In 2016, Mercedes-Benz Vans established a new regional Competence Center in Buenos Aires to strengthen its marketing, sales and after sales organization in Central and South America. It enables an even stronger focus on the specific characteristics of the van business. Mercedes-Benz Vans is thereby even closer to customers and markets in Latin America.

About Mercedes-Benz Vans

Mercedes-Benz Vans is a global full-range supplier of vans and related services. Its worldwide product range in the commercial segment comprises the Sprinter large van, the Vito mid-size van (called Metris in the United States) and the Citan urban delivery van. In the segment for private customers, Mercedes-Benz Vans supplies the V-Class multipurpose vehicle as well as the Marco Polo motorhome and recreational vehicles. The division has production facilities at nine locations in Germany, Spain, the United States, Argentina, China (in the form of the joint venture Fujian Benz Automotive Co., Ltd.), France (through the strategic alliance with Renault-Nissan) and Russia (with the partners GAZ and YaMZ). The division is systematically utilizing new growth potential with its “ Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global” divisional strategy. For expanding its product portfolio, Mercedes-Benz Vans is preparing for the launch of the X-Class, the world’s first premium pickup. First it will be launched in Europe in late 2017. Other key markets such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Brazil will follow as of 2018. It will be produced in cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Production will start this year at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain. After that, production will also start at the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina.

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