Mercedes celebrates two million cars produced in China with the launch of the A-Class production
The Chinese joint venture between Mercedes and Baic Motor, Beijing Benz Automotive, reached the production milestone of 2,000,000 locally produced Mercedes-Benz vehicles, celebrating the milestone with the start of production of the long-wheelbase version of the A-Class.
About 400 guests joined the event created by BBAC in the Beijing factory to celebrate the latest "born" in the "Made in China, for China" portfolio, which now includes five locally produced models.
"Since our first locally produced Mercedes-Benz left the production line more than a decade ago, our business has shown rapid development here in China. In 2016 we celebrated the millionth vehicle produced locally by BBAC and only two years later we have reached the milestone of two million cars Made in China, for China, which clearly show the impressive growth of our business thanks to the support of local customers.
This is also a sign of our long and close cooperation with the Baic Group and our joint efforts in the Chinese automotive sector," said Hubertus Troska, a member of Daimler's Board of Management and Head of China.
The new fourth-generation A-Class Sedan replaces the previous model produced in 2012 and is specially designed to meet the needs of Chinese customers.
The three-volume model has a longer wheelbase of 6 cm (2,789 instead of 2,729 mm) and it is a variant developed only for the Chinese market and produced exclusively at Beijing Benz Automotive.