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The first Mercedes GLA has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant in Germany. The new compact premium SUV was first unveiled at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September.


Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “There is a very strong demand from our customers for SUVs and compact vehicles. The GLA allows us to combine these two segments and appeal to new customers: it is the next milestone in our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy.”
Andreas Renschler, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Manufacturing and Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans: “Our plant in Rastatt is excellently equipped for the production of an additional model. All compact vehicles can be produced flexibly on the same production line. Since 2009, we have invested around €1.2 billion at the site for the production of the new compact models. We have also created 900 new permanent jobs. The smooth start of production of the GLA is a further proof of the flexibility and productivity of our international production network.” In addition to Rastatt, Mercedes-Benz manufactures compact cars in Kecskemét, Hungary. The flexible production network is complemented by the contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Until 2016, more than 100,000 A-Class vehicles are planned to roll off the line at the Valmet Automotive plant.
Stefan Abraham, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant: “We are very proud to produce the GLA here in Rastatt, at our center of competence for compact cars. We are making an important contribution to the product offensive of Mercedes-Benz.”
 
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