Mercedes-Benz confirms that it will continue its cooperation with Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive to produce the next-generation of compact cars at its plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Valmet Automotive has been producing the current A-Class premium hatch there since 2013.
The lead plant for the Mercedes-Benz Compact Cars range (namely the A-, CLA- and GLA-Class) within the global production network is located in Rastatt, Germany. Further locations are the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant Kecskemét and the Chinese production site, BBAC in Beijing, and additionally, as part of the cooperation with the Renault/Nissan Alliance, a joint plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, is currently under construction.
With its plant in Uusikaupunki, Valmet Automotive remains the optimal add-on of the global compact car production of Mercedes-Benz Cars: Since 2013, additional units of the current Mercedes-Benz A-Class have been produced there.
The contract to produce existing compact A-Class, as well as the mid-range GLC (also produced on the same line), has been extended to end-2017. The next generation A-Class is expected to be introduced in 2018.
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management added, “We are convinced that the next generation of Mercedes-Benz compact cars continues on its road to success. With the follow-up order for Valmet Automotive, we utilize additional production volumes for our new compact vehicles. Working with professional cooperation partners is an important strategic pillar in our flexible and efficient production network.”