Mercedes started the production of a second model at its passenger-car factory in Brazil, the GLA crossover. The news comes after only five months since the opening of the plant in Iracemápolis.
The first Mercedes model made in Brazil was the C-Class sedan with the compact GLA now flexibly being assembled on the same line. Both models are bestseller of Mercedes-Benz in the Brazilian premium market.
“With the launch of the GLA in Iracemápolis we are setting new standards in terms of flexibility and efficiency: For the first time, vehicles with front and rear-wheel drive are rolling off the same assembly line in one of our plants. This makes Iracemápolis benchmark within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.
As a qualification measure for the production of the GLA, Brazilian employees were sent to the sister plants in Pune, India, and in Kecskemét, Hungary. On-site, they could get familiar with the production processes in order to pass-on their knowledge to their colleagues in Ircaemápolis as multipliers.
The Mercedes-Benz Iracemápolis plant is located in the São Paulo region and is part of the global assembly network of Mercedes-Benz that also includes the production facilities in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.