Mercedes-Benz Cars invests €1B in new “Full-Flex” car plant in Hungary; Factory 56 applied to full plant

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Mercedes-Benz Cars is starting construction of its first “Full-Flex Plant“ in Kecskemét, Hungary, about 90 km in the south of Budapest. With an investment of one billion euros, we are building in Hungary the first ‘Full-Flex Plant’ in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Euro car market has best H1 of century; diesels down 17%; AFVs up 31% for 5.4% of total; SUVs booming

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But it was the positive economic situation across the continent that boosted results, JATO said, as midsize markets such as the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden all posted increases, and smaller markets like Hungary, Greece, Romania, Croatia and Lithuania similarly posted significant increases.

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Diesel new vehicle market share in Europe in February dropped to 39.5%; SUVs still driving growth

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million units registered in Europe in 2018 so far, according to figures from JATO Dynamics. SUVs were a key driver of growth in February, with the volume of vehicles registered up by 24.7% Demand for SUVs continued to rise, with the segment’s volume up by 24.7%

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Mercedes-Benz to invest ~€500M to produce electric compact EQ model at Hambach plant

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Mercedes-Benz Cars plans to launch more than ten electric cars by 2022 throughout all segments, from smart to large SUVs. In Germany the smart brand is the market leader among all-electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2018. The production network of the new generation of compact cars includes the plant in Kecskemét, Hungary, the BBAC production site in Beijing, the COMPAS plant in Aguascalientes (Mexico) as well as the Finnish manufacturing service provider Valmet Automotive.

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EEA: average CO2 emissions from new cars and new vans in Europe increased in 2018

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According to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the average CO 2 emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU) in 2018 increased for the second consecutive year, reaching 120.4 g CO 2 /km in 2018. Vans registered in the EU and Iceland in 2018 emitted on average 158.1 Moreover, the market penetration of zero- and low-emission vehicles, including electric cars, remained slow in 2018. In 2018, 1.66

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Audi Brussels to produce exclusively e-tron quattro SUV, battery packs; A1 production moving to Spain

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As of 2018, Audi Brussels will produce exclusively the commercial version of Audi’s e-tron quattro battery-electric SUV ( earlier post ). The Audi Q3, currently produced in Spain, will be built in Győr (Hungary) in the future.

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Audi developing modular assembly principle as successor to production line; Gy?r testing for 2018 e-tron electric motor production

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While development of the principle is ongoing, Audi has begun to use modular assembly in developing the production process for the electric motor for the 2018 e-tron SUV (C-BEV) ( earlier post ). At its Győr engine plant in Hungary, Audi is developing a possible future production process for the electric drive motor to be used in the 2018 C-BEV. Audi is developing a new modular assembly principle intended as the enabler of the post-production line assembly era.

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Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant to produce compact electric EQ vehicles; 3rd center of competence for EQ models in Germany

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The Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant is running at high capacity utilization, and currently creating the conditions for the production start of the next compact car generation in 2018. More than ten new electric passenger cars are scheduled to be launched by 2022 in all segments from smart to large SUVs. The A-Class, B-Class and the compact SUV GLA are manufactured at the location.

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