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Hungary Gets New Mercedes Plant

18 June 2008 | Source: editorial team

Mercedes-Benz is to build a new plant in Hungary and extend its Rastatt factory in Germany, widening its entry-level compact car line and targeting eastern European markets.

The automaker will spend EUR800m on the new factory in Kecskemét, about 50 miles (80km) from the outskirts of Budapest, creating about 2,500 new jobs.

"We are planning a new plant in Hungary to boost our competitiveness and to gain access to the potential of the eastern European markets," Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.

Representatives of Daimler, Hungary and Kecskemét would sign a memorandum of understanding for the new plant in the coming weeks, Daimler said.

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