Seven months after Mercedes-Benz started production of the new A-Class at its Rastatt plant, the company has started production of the A-Class L Sedan at the Beijing Benz Automotive Co (BBAC) plant in China.
As the assembly of the new A-Class L Sedan goes online, this marks the fifth production location of the new generation A-Class, following Rastatt in Germany, Kecskemét in Hungary, Uusikaupunki in Finland, and Auguascalientes in Mexico.
Mercedes-Benz introduced the A-Class L Sedan back in April at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, developed specifically for China. The A-Class L Sedan features a 60 mm longer wheelbase over the hatchback, coming in at 2,789 mm.
In addition to that, the Beijing Benz Automotive Co joint venture also reached the 2,000,000 unit production milestone. “Since our first locally produced Mercedes-Benz rolled off the production line over a decade ago, our business has shown rapid development here in China. In 2016, we celebrated the one-millionth vehicle locally produced at BBAC. Just two years later, we reached the milestone of two million ‘Made in China, for China’ cars that clearly shows the impressive growth of our business, thanks to the support of our local customers. This is also a mark of our long-standing, close cooperation with BAIC Group and our joint efforts in the Chinese automotive industry”, says Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Greater China.
The models currently assembled by BBAC include the new A-Class L Sedan, C-Class L Sedan, E-Class L Sedan, GLC L, and GLA.