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Mercedes-Benz MPV to be made in Fujian for China market

German automaker Daimler AG launched a joint venture with partners from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in East China's Fujian Province on Tuesday.

Daimler AG, Fujian Motors Group (FJMG) and Taiwan-based China Motors Corp (CMC) laid the cornerstone for their Fujian Daimler Automotive Ltd (FJDA) joint venture on Tuesday near Qingkou Township in Minhou County of Fuzhou, capital of Fujian, where 40,000 Mercedes-Benz multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) such as Vito, Sprinter and some other vehicle models will be manufactured annually.

The event was held at the future site of the 660,000 square meter facility set up at a cost of US$295 million.

The plant currently has 280 local employees, but the number will gradually increase to 2,800 after production starts in mid-2009, said Ling Yuzhang, chairman of the board of FJMG.

"The new cooperation will raise the technology and quality of the Fujian auto industry and also mark the start of cooperation between the Fujian auto industry and international companies," Ling said.

"FJDA in Fuzhou is Daimler's south China pillar," said Ulrich Walker, Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia.

Over the next 10 years, the premium MPV/Transporter market in China is expected to grow to approximately 500,000 units annually, from the current level of 200,000, Daimler has estimated.

"At maximum capacity, FJDA will be able to produce up to 40,000 vehicles annually, but will be flexible enough to adjust volume and model mix based on demand," Walker said.

Cai Che, global director of Daimler, noted that when completed, Fujian Daimler will become the biggest Mercedes-Benz MPV production base around the world. Mercedes-Benz MPV vehicles made in Fujian will be mainly delivered to the Chinese market, and some will be exported.

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Fujian Daimler to launch Vito and Viano in 2008.

September 1, 2008 - Fujian Daimler Automotive Ltd (FJDA), Daimler's joint venture with Fujian Motors Group and China Motors Corp, will launch production of Mercedes-Benz Vito and Viano later this year, a company official said Sunday.

Hao Hanlong, general manager of the joint venture, said the company will also have production of Sprinter under way by 2010.

The company was holding a job fair in Fuzhou Sunday afternoon, recruiting more than 200 staff including vehicle manufacturers, logistic and quality control engineers and managers.

Last October FJDA launched its 208 million euro ($295 million) commercial vehicle manufacturing plant in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province.

Construction of this plant is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2008 and it will have a capacity to produce up to 40,000 Mercedes-Benz multi-purpose vehicles annually by 2009.

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Fujian Daimler to begin making M-Benz vans in Aug

July 15, 2009 -
Fujian Daimler Automotive Co, a joint venture (JV) between Daimler, Fujian Motor Industry Group and Taiwan's China Motor Corporation, is planning to start volume production of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in China in early August, reports Xinhua's China Economic Information Service.

Sources say Fujian Daimler has already finished the test-run of equipment for vehicle assembly, welding and painting production lines, and will start to produce Mercedes-Benz light commercial vehicles with less than 20 seats such as Viano multi-purpose vehicle and Vito minivans next month.

The company said it would be able to deliver the first batch of vehicles to consumers by October and it has set a sales target of 10,000 to 15,000 units for 2010.

Starting from early 2010 Fujian Daimler will also build vehicles for oversea markets in India and Southeast Asia, according to the report.
On April the 16th, the first Mercedes-Benz Viano transporter came off the new production line in Fuzhou produced by FJDA. Fujian Daimler Automotive is a joint venture with Fujian Motors Group (FJMG), China Motor Corp. (CMC) and Daimler AG, established in 2007.

Mr. Lian Xiaoqing, Chairman of Fujian Motor Group (FJMG) and FJDA expressed his gratitude for the great support given by various government departments, FJDA shareholders and all its employees. He said: “The successful production of the first Viano and Vito not only signifies that FJDA has entered into a new era of development, but also symbolizes the successful launching of another automotive joint venture across the western Taiwan Strait. This will be of important significance to consolidate and lift the market competence of the auto industry in Fujian Province. I anticipate FJDA’s very first product to be launched on schedule and to achieve very positive feedback in the market.”

"As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Today, with the first customer vehicle coming off the line, the shareholders and employees of FJDA are taking our first step together to provide exceptionally well-built, locally-produced Mercedes-Benz transporters to our customers in China," said Ulrich Walker, Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia, "Mercedes-Benz Vito/Viano and Sprinter multi-purpose vehicles (MPV) are extremely well-suited to meet the needs of businesses and families, who appreciate the quality and functionality of these versatile transporters. They are known around the world for their capability and flexibility to transport people or cargo comfortably, reliably and efficiently. As China’s economy continues to expand, more and more consumers and businesses will need the reliable and economical transportation solutions that these vehicles provide."

Since February Fujian Daimler Automotive has been producing prototype vehicles at its new facility in Fuzhou to prepare for today’s nationwide market launch. From the beginning of production, every locally-produced vehicle has more than 40% of its parts and components sourced from China-based suppliers.

The premium MPV/transporter market in China is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the mid-term. It grew 32% in 2009, with 384,000 MPVs sold in China, compared to 292,000 sold in 2008.

FJDA is expanding its dealer network to more than 40 outlets nationwide. Customers can expect the same high attention to detail and service at all Mercedes-Benz retail outlets.

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Is the MarcoPolo Version also produced locally? What is the price tag?
Viano Marco Polo is not produced in China at the moment.
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