Mercedes-Benz SA is to produce the new generation C-Class and will invest R2-billion into the South African plant to produce the car for global markets in 2014.
Confirming the decision, Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler AG board of management member said: "Daimler AG is delighted to include South Africa among the four manufacturing locations around the world to build the next-generation C-Class - the most popular model within the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars range.
"The Mercedes-Benz plant in East London has been recognised repeatedly for its excellent production quality by J.D. Power and Associates and is one of the best manufacturing plants in the industry.
"This success is not least due to the great efforts of the East London plant's team and its stringent application of the Mercedes-Benz production system with its robust processes and rigorous quality standards."
He went on to say that the additional investment follows numerous significant investments, totalling over R5-billion that Daimler AG has made in South Africa over the past 10 years.
The three other Mercedes-Benz plants selected to produce the next-generation C-Class are located in Germany, China and the USA.
MBSA's future export programme will include building both left and right-hand drive C-Class models for export to markets in Africa and the Asia Pacific region.
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