Mercedes engines made in Brazil to hit Middle EastStaff Writer | August 14, 2017
The Mercedes-Benz do Brasil plant in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, will supply the engines that will equip trucks sold in Africa and Middle East countries.
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According to the carmaker’s press office, Saudi Arabia and Algeria are some of the countries that will receive the Actros trucks and Arocs and Zetros off-road trucks with Brazilian-made engines.
The OM 460 family engines, featuring Euro 3 emission control technology, will be shipped from the Mercedes plant in São Paulo, Brazil to Wörth, Germany, where the vehicles will be assembled.
A statement quoted Mercedes-Benz do Brasil president and Latin America CEO Philipp Schiemer as saying the Brazilian plant was picked for being a landmark when it comes to cost, quality and reliability.
But there’s another reason as well: “[Mercedes-Benz do Brasil] has a tradition of making robust, resistant engines that are well-suited to the harshest conditions in cargo transportation, as is the case with Africa and the Middle East,” the executive claimed. ■