Daimler plans new passenger car plant for Mercedes-Benz in RussiaStaff Writer | February 22, 2017
Daimler AG expands its worldwide production network and plans to establish its first passenger car production in Russia.
Auto industry Esipovo Industrial Park
Daimler will invest more than 250 million euros in the new production facility, where the first cars will leave the assembly line in 2019.
With a broad sales network and a large range of models, Mercedes-Benz was the top-selling premium brand among automobile manufacturers in Russia in 2016 for the fourth year in a row.
Russia remains one of the strong markets for Mercedes-Benz in Europe. Last year's bestsellers were the E-Class sedan and the SUVs.
The new passenger car plant in the Moscow region will comprise all production steps, from the body show through paint shop to assembly.
More than 1,000 jobs will be created at the site and further jobs at local service providers and suppliers.
The plant is part of the industrial park of Episovo. Approximately 20 kilometers from the new plant, Daimler AG already put into operation a new aftersales wholetrade site for the Russian market in 2016.
Production at the new site is operated by the newly founded company Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing RUS (MBMR).
In addition to Daimler AG, the joint venture Daimler Kamaz RUS (DK RUS) is also involved in MBMR.
In the DK RUS joint venture, Daimler has been successfully cooperating with KAMAZ since 2010 to develop the Russian commercial vehicle market. Daimler and KAMAZ each hold a 50 percent stake in DK RUS. ■