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Although it seems like yesterday the world was introduced to the M-Class, on May 21st, the luxury SUV be celebrating its 10 year birthday. at the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa, the M-Class marked a significant event for Mercedes — it was the time a model destined for distribution that was produced the company’s home country of Since then, production at the has expanded, with three — the new M-Class, the GL-Class, and the — all starting life in

To celebrate the event, Mercedes has a moment to publish a press taking a look back at the past, from its humble to its redesign in 2005. They’ve included a number of facts and pertaining to the Tuscaloosa plant, for an interesting read for any of you interested in about American Mercedes

To learn more, keep for the official press release all of the aforementioned info.



Tenth of the M-Class: Premiere at the Tuscaloosa in 1997

Mercedes-Benz M-Class produced for the market only in Tuscaloosa in initially

The Sport Utility conquers the market

Second-generation and R-Class produced in Tuscaloosa 2005, GL-Class since

Stuttgart/Tuscaloosa, Apr 24, 2007

On May 21, 1997, presented the first generation of its at the Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama/USA, the Sport Utility Vehicle from the W 163 series was produced. One of the cars completed here was for the US market, the other for the rest of the Since 2005, the second-generation (W 164) has been produced in and the plant’s capacity was expanded to production of the R-Class (W 251) since 2006, of the GL-Class (X as well. Tuscaloosa was the Mercedes-Benz first passenger car production outside Germany.

Decision in of America

Construction of a Mercedes-Benz in the USA this decision was made by the Daimler-Benz AG in 1993, and the project was between 1995 and 1997. of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars Germany had already been way back in 1935, in Denmark, but volumes had been small. The in Alabama was the first production outside Germany where passenger cars were for the entire world market.

The plant was built for an all-new car Mercedes-Benz. In January 1996, the displayed the AA Vision at the North International Auto Show in Detroit. This design already featured important of the M-Class and was elected “Best of The AA Vision made its European at the Geneva Motor Show a few later. Here, Mercedes-Benz announced the name of the future series: M-Class. Its development was the of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, (MBUSI) founded in 1994 and in Tuscaloosa.

The M-Class was launched at the plant on May 21, 1997. In the presence of guests among them Fob Governor of Alabama the plant was inaugurated on this occasion. The new location on 810,000 square of land had 93,000 square of roofed area and accommodated assembly, paint shop, training center and customer Daimler-Benz invested over 300 US-dollars in the plant; the development of the incurred costs of around 700 US-dollars.

The new model was a major in the Mercedes-Benz product drive: in the Stuttgart-based brand also the CLK and the A-Class. The highly comfortable featuring a chassis with a box-section frame, was designed for road and offroad operation. frames for the front and rear suspension and ten rubber mounts the transfer of road bumps and to the bodywork. Independent wheel all round was a special feature of chassis which was unique in vehicle category.

The powertrain was specially designed for four-wheel drive, with a variant of the electronic traction ETS, being used of conventional differential locks in the The anti-lock braking system was equally adapted to offroad The result of this innovative concept was a car which combined the and handling safety of a Mercedes-Benz car with the all-terrain mobility and of an offroader and the spaciousness and variability of a Utility Vehicle.

Successful The M-Class

The enthusiasm for the new car was so great Mercedes-Benz initially had difficulties in the demand. The new model was marketed in America from September and in Europe from March The ML 320 with a V6 engine developing 218 hp kW) was available throughout the world the ML 230 with four-cylinder engine hp/110 kW) was reserved for Europe. The top was the ML 430 (270 hp/199 kW) launched in before AMG presented the ML 55 AMG with an of 347 hp (255 kW) in 1999. In the same a diesel-engined version the ML 270 CDI with a 163 hp kW) five-cylinder in-line unit its debut and proved to be extremely especially in Europe.

Mercedes-Benz Vision GST

In 1999, Mercedes-Benz invested 80 million US-dollars in the expansion of in Tuscaloosa. The M-Class received the Car Award” a distinction for the ideal car on a scale. Numerous other followed. As early as 1999, 100,000 units of this had already been sold. In 2000, DaimlerChrysler decided to more than 600 million in the plant to raise annual capacity to some 160,000 Today, the M-Class is sold in 135 around the world.

After the refinement in 2001, the ML 500 with an of 292 hp (215 kW) replaced the ML 430, and a new diesel model, the ML 400 CDI with a 250 hp kW) V8 CDI engine, was launched onto the Production of the ML 230 was discontinued. Overall, than 570,000 units of the M-Class generation were in Tuscaloosa. Between 1999 and another 77,100 M-Class for the European market were at Magna Steyr in Graz/Austria.

The new M-Class

In 2005, the M-Class the W 164 series replaced the first of this successful SUV in Tuscaloosa. The Utility Vehicle comes in a sporty design with a windshield, distinctive fenders and an shoulder line. The new model boasts ultra-modern engineering, the standard 7G-TRONIC seven-speed transmission which transfers power to the road via an even 4MATIC four-wheel drive. air suspension is equally included in the specifications while the PRE-SAFE® protection system is optionally

R-Class and GL-Class

The expansion of the plant prepared the location for the of the new M-Class, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class 2005) and the GL-Class (since The R-Class, a new Grand Sports from Mercedes-Benz, is based on the GST presented in Detroit in 2002 as as on the Vision GST II and Vision R of 2004. In a third series was added to the range in Tuscaloosa: the Mercedes-Benz

In the ten years since the official of the plant, the production location in has established itself with of a high standard of quality. Quality made in the USA” has a trademark for the Mercedes-Benz cars Alabama.

The plant also social responsibility: in August Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, in with the American Red Cross, emergency accommodation for victims of Katrina.

The relations between the old and the new are also demonstrated by the fact Tuscaloosa is the twin town of in Germany, where Gottlieb was born.

Copyright 2007, AG

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