Mercedes-Benz achieved another milestone by rolling out its one millionth car manufactured at Beijing Benz Automotive Co (BBAC). Over the last decade, this joint venture between Daimler and BAIC developed a lot.
Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Daimler Greater China said, "This occasion is a milestone for our successful partnership with BAIC and another solid proof of our ‘Made in China, for China' commitment.
"BBAC is key to the long-term and sustainable development of the Mercedes-Benz brand in China, and we will continue developing it into one of the most pioneering manufacturing sites in Daimler's global production network."
Xu Heyi, Chairman of BAIC Group and its subsidiary BAIC Motor said, "It marks not only a breakthrough in scale for BBAC but also the realisation of a qualitative leap in the systemic development of quality, craftsmanship, technology and procurement."
Back in 2015, China became the biggest sales market for Mercedes-Benz. Peter Schabert, President and CEO of BBAC added, "The offline of the one millionth vehicle is both a recognition and incentive for us. This production milestone shows how much experience and expertise our local specialists have now built up. The fact that our vehicles are received so favourably by Chinese customers is the best praise for our colleagues at the plant."
The one millionth vehicle is an E-Class. Mercedes-Benz first started to manufacture the E-Class in 2005. For China, the company is making the long wheelbase version of the model and started the production in 2010.
Till date, the German manufacturer has sold over 13 million E-Class Saloons and Estates. The E-Class is the highest volume model of the company of all time.