I wondered why I was there since Autodealer is not exactly a business motoring publication. Then, after the brand announced it had earned R5.6-billion before interest and tax last year, the news that made my attendance relevant was announced.
It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz makes a large contribution to the local economy with its East London Plant. The revenue generated from this manufacturing facility boosts the national economy and provides much-needed jobs. The brand announced that it has invested R461-million in to the facility to pave the way for new projects such as the C350e plug-in hybrid, and other improvements made to the facility.
As I discovered, a trio of AMG models will be joining the production line later in 2017. In this exciting development, the new Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC and its bigger siblings, the Mercedes-AMG C63 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S, will be produced locally.
Aside from this massive announcement, the Mercedes-Benz C400 4MATIC will also be added to the plant's production portfolio. The total investment for these new models will be above R200-million.