New Mercedes-Benz CLA hits the assembly line

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The new Mercedes-Benz CLA hits the assembly line in Kecksemet, in Hungary, where the first member of the new compact family, the A-Class, also sees the light of day.

Since its birth, in 2013, the CLA has been manufactured in Kecskemet. Now the second generation of the 4-door coupe enters series production at the Hungarian center, that exclusively manufactures it.

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Last year, there were four models of the new compact car family that left the assembly lines in five locations on three continents: the A-Class hatchback comes from Rastatt (Germany, Kecskemét (Hungary) and Uusikaupunki (Finland), the A-Class Sedan in Aguascalientes (Mexico), the A-Class L Sedan (long wheelbase) in Peking (China) and the new B-Class in Rastatt.

The all-new CLA, introduced last November at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas, targets the youngest of customers.

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“The ramp-up of the new CLA Coupé once again demonstrates the effectiveness of our international production network for the compact models of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The success story of the preceding model was already closely associated with the Kecskemét plant. We are now writing the next chapter in this story. ” states Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

Over 750,000 CLA 4-door coupe and CLA Shooting Brake of the first generation have already been delivered to customers from Kecskemét.

In Hungary, the two CLAs and the A-Class are made. The facility center with approximately 4,700 employees, has been updated to fit the newly introduced generations. A new bodyshop full of innovations was built.