A Million South African Mercedes!


The presence of Mercedes-Benz has existed in South Africa for many years, and nowhere more so than in its East London based plant, which manufactures and exports a wide range of models for the brand.
Mercedes-Benz recently celebrated the production of the millionth vehicle to pass through the doors of the plant - a white right-hand drive Mercedes-Benz C200 to be exact, and one destined for export. This is just one of the twenty four models the brand regularly produces for both local and international markets.
The first locally produced Mercedes-Benz rolled off the assembly line on January 31, 1958. It was the first Mercedes-Benz passenger car, a W121 Nap Vista Blue Mercedes-Benz 190. Fifty seven years later and the brand is still going strong, and Mercedes-Benz estimates that it will take less than a decade to produce the next million.
According to Mercedes-Benz South Africa CEO and Executive Director of Manufacturing, Arno van der Merwe, "producing the one-millionth Mercedes-Benz passenger car is a remarkable achievement for us. It is the result of the collective work effort that has been displayed by everyone involved with the company over a long period of time. Certainly, this would have not been possible without the dedication of our employees. The production of this unit is simply the start of a new, even brighter era for us. We will maintain our levels of excellence and even surpass the accomplishments of the past. Mercedes-Benz South Africa prides itself in being a pioneer in the automotive sector and looks forward to producing another million units."