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Mercedes' Hungarian plant inaugurated

D&T
March 29, 2012

Mercedes’ new plant was inaugurated in Kecskemét, East Central Hungary, on Thursday in the presence of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG. The day also saw the start of the production of the new B Class models.

"We
are making history today," the Managing Director of the new plant, Frank
Klein said during the official inauguration ceremony. The production facility
opened just four years after the decision on the location was made in 2008.

Hungarian
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was of the view that this project is one of the
biggest successes of the recent years for Hungary. He added that the Hungarian
workers of the plant "contribute to the car industry soaring in
Hungary" and "to the strengthening of Hungarian-German economic
cooperation".

"Mercedes
is going on the offensive," Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche
commented on the company's product range extension to the German news agency
DPA. "We are providing high-quality, sustainable jobs in the area, and we
will engage in training and qualification schemes. This makes us an attractive
investor here," he added.

The German
carmaker's plant, the first of its kind in Eastern Europe, cost EUR 800 million
and currently employs a workforce of 2,000 people, 10% of them German. When it
comes to full capacity, it is expected to produce over 100,000 vehicles a year.

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