DaimlerChrysler’s international board will begin its annual meeting in South Africa tomorrow and is expected to make a major decision regarding the production of the C-Class’ successor.

DaimlerChrysler’s international board will begin its annual meeting in South Africa tomorrow and is expected to make a major decision regarding the production of the C-Class’ successor.


According to , the board’s decision could see foreign and local investment worth more than R1 billion flowing to the country through the continued production of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and components.


DaimlerChrysler SA spokesman Deon Ebersohn said at the weekend that the outcome of decisions involving South Africa could be made public at the end of this week. DCSA was hoping not only to secure a contract from its parent to manufacture the successor to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but also a larger slice of the total volume of production of the range, which would be manufactured at various DaimlerChrysler plants around the globe.


CARtoday.com reported earlier this year that DaimlerChrysler SA head Christoph Köpke was confident that the company had a good chance of securing a contract to almost double production to about 90 000 per year. However, the South African company was bidding for the W204 contract against the Bremen and Sindelfingen plants in Germany.


Ebersohn said DCSA had put forward a good case to the parent company. “The East London plant is performing well and the board would be encouraged by the benefit car exporters enjoyed under SA's Motor Industry Development Programme,” the DCSA media manager added.