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Mercedes-Benz investing US$20 million in plant expansion

Admin | 12.03.2013

With the kick-start of a new assembly line to produce motor coaches, Mercedes-Benz is investing US$20 million - in a joint venture with Marco Polo, their bodies manufacturer partner - to make two new models in Mexico: Viagio and El Paraiso. Harald Hauke, Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Coaches, explained that the investment is part of the company’s 2012-2014 plan, and that it is being made mainly due to high demand from intercity passenger sector, a market estimated in around 1,500 vehicles f

With the kick-start of a new assembly line to produce motor coaches, Mercedes-Benz is investing US$20 million - in a joint venture with Marco Polo, their bodies manufacturer partner - to make two new models in Mexico: Viagio and El Paraiso. Harald Hauke, Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Coaches, explained that the investment is part of the company’s 2012-2014 plan, and that it is being made mainly due to high demand from intercity passenger sector, a market estimated in around 1,500 vehicles for this year.

To start, Mercedes-Benz already has an order from Transpais for 90 coaches of these new models, of which 40 are double-deck. With this expansion, the plant will go from assembling 15 buses per day to 18 or 20 in the second half of the year, according to Victor Segura, Production Manager.

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