DaimlerChrysler SA has denied reports that it would be producing the next generation of the Mercedes Benz C-Class at its East London plant.

DaimlerChrysler SA has denied reports that it would be producing the next generation of the Mercedes Benz C-Class at its East London plant.

Apparently, there had been claims that DCSA had received approval to produce the new C-Class. But as CARtoday.com reported recently, DCSA’s parent company has yet to decide whether to produce the new C-Class here when the current model reaches its end of production.

DCSA spokesman Deon Ebersohn did say that the parent company was happy with the quality and service received from the local producer.

The South African operation is also bidding to manufacture the new E Class, but indications are that it was not going to get it. In addition, the downturn in the German economy, along with pressure from trade unions to produce more vehicles there, was said to have turned the tide against a production increase in SA.

Last year DCSA exported 44 per cent of its product to the UK, 11 per cent to Japan and Australia and 9 per cent to other Pacific Rim countries. The remaining 25 per cent was sold in South Africa.