Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: 2006 ML350
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E-Class to Be Fully Produced in Germany
DaimlerChrysler to Produce Its Mercedes E-Class Completely in Germany Starting in 2007
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- DaimlerChrysler AG, which is trying to streamline its operations, said Friday that all versions of its Mercedes E-Class would be produced in Germany starting in 2007.
Previous versions of the model, including one with four-wheel drive, had been produced in Graz, Austria, by supplier Magna Steyr, with some 125,000 models built. Instead, Magna Steyr will produce the G-Class off-road model.
"By continuing to produce the G-Class in Graz and manufacturing all E-Class variants at our main plant in Sindelfingen from 2007, we have found a viable solution for both partners," Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes Car Group and designated DaimlerChrysler chief executive, said in a statement.
The decision is part of the automaker's push to merge outsourced operations and reduce overcapacity.
Magna will produce the Jeep Commander model for Daimler's U.S. Chrysler division next year in part to meet demand in Europe. The company already builds five Chrysler models in Graz: the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Chrysler 300C, the Chrysler Voyager and Chrysler Grand Voyager.
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