Daimler announced plans to build a brand-new plant in the U.S. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the factory will cost 500 million dollars.
Mercedes-Benz is set to build there next-gen vans, more precisely the next-generation Sprinter. Its construction will begin in 2016, more than 1,300 jobs being expected to appear after the inauguration of the assembly-lines.
Until know, Mercedes built Sprinters exclusively in Germany. Then, they were sent to U.S. as CKD kits and reassembled. Why all the fuss? Simple. Choosing this manner, Daimler manages to avoid paying the infamous 25% Chicken Tax tariff.
Opening the new plant will bring considerable economies for Daimler, expected to help the company to more economically meet the growing demand from North American customers in the future and to considerably reduce delivery time on this market.
Sprinter sales in the U.S. market have been quite a phenomenon in recent years. Last year, Mercedes-Benz delivered more than 26.000 units to its American customers. This means the U.S. ranked as second only to Germany in the biggest market for Sprinter vans top.