Filed under: Minivan/Van, Plants/Manufacturing, Work, Mercedes-Benz
If you look at the Sprinter
and wonder how Mercedes-Benz
can possibly compete against locally produced commercial vehicles with a model built in Germany and shipped over the Atlantic, you're not alone. In fact, in order to mitigate the tariffs (but at the cost of added logistical expense), Mercedes builds the vans in Germany, takes them half apart again, ships them as kits and reassembles them in Ladson, South Carolina.
Apparently the method is worth it, because the United States has become the largest market for the Sprinter outside of Germany. But Mercedes is understandably keen to cut down the costly process, and so it is reportedly looking to build the Sprinter somewhere in North America - although it has yet to confirm the move, let alone determine (or at least announce) where that location may be: in the US, Canada or Mexico.
According to Automotive News
, regardless of where a new facility might be located, production would still continue in Germany, where Mercedes builds the Sprinter in two factories: one in Düsseldorf (150,000 units per year) and another in Ludwigsfelde (50,000/year). The Sprinter is sold as a Mercedes or as a Freightliner
, was formerly offered as a Dodge
and is still rebodied as the Volkswagen Crafter in a deal that is soon set to end
Mercedes moving some Sprinter production to North America originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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