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International motoring giant Daimler AG will invest R2-billion in the East London Mercedes-Benz manufacturing plant for the production and export of the new C-Class, due to launch in 2014.
• Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality
Mercedes-Benz South Africa has scored a double success, loading a record 3 280 C-Class vehicles onto a ship bound for the United States, including the 100 000th C-Class vehicle to be exported to the US from the automaker's East London plant.
In a reassuring sign for South Africa's automotive industry, East London-based Mercedes Benz has shipped over 2 600 locally built C-Class cars to the United States - its largest consignment since November 2008.
Mercedes Benz South Africa has won the contract to supply 125 low-entry buses for the Gautrain's dedicated feeder network. The locally-built buses will together cover nearly 430km of bus routes and travel nearly 26 000km every day, providng the train's users with "reliable and efficient mobility".
DaimlerChrysler has spent R2-billion upgrading its East London plant to manufacture the new Mercedes Benz C-Class, with the vehicles to be sold on the local market and exported to countries like the UK, Australia, Japan and, in a first for South Africa, the United States.