Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today announced that the company will begin exporting vehicles for the Philippines market effective this month.
The vehicles, which will be left-hand drive models, will be assembled in none other than the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia assembly plant in Pekan, Pahang.
The first model to be exported to the Philippines will be the brand’s best-seller in Malaysia, the C-Class, in the C180 Avantgarde guise.
Powered by the M274 1.6-litre turbocharged engine producing 156 PS and 250 Nm of torque, which is paired to a 9-speed automatic gearbox which sends power to the rear wheels, the model that is being exported to the Philippines is the same as the C 180 which our market had before the current facelifted C-Class was introduced.
That said, standard features on the Philippines-bound C180 include LED headlights and 17-inch on the exterior, as well as Artico leather upholstery, ambient lighting, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto on the inside.
“As we set to expand our production volumes, we have undertaken technological upgrades at our plant to enhance our ability to cater to a more robust production portfolio and contribute towards an increased market share of Mercedes-Benz vehicles locally and regionally,” said Dr.Claus Weidner, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
It was also said that besides having logistical advantages of domestic assembly, the export of the left hand drive vehicles from Malaysia will also provide a ready market and more opportunities to local auto part makers.
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