Mercedes-Benz Vans Celebrates 10 Years In China
Mercedes-Benz Vans announced that it is celebrating its 10th year in China with its joint venture Fujian Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (FBAC).
The company celebrated the occasion last week along with partners at a ceremony at the FBAC plant in Fuzhou in south-east China.
Participants of the event included Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Greater China, Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, and Dr. Guido Krupinski, President & CEO FBAC.
China is the world’s largest automobile market and now one of the main growth drivers for Mercedes-Benz Vans. A key role in the success of the division is played by FBAC’s local production “made in China for China”.
In the first eight months of this year, Mercedes-Benz Vans sold over 15,000 vehicles in China. This represents a growth of 80 percent in comparison with the previous year.
In 2010, with the Viano and the Vito were the first models to roll off the production line at Mercedes-Benz Vans in Fuzhou. The plant was extended in 2013 to include the division’s first research & development centre outside Germany.
Fujian Benz Automotive then invested around 200 million euros to locally produce the V-Class and Vito, which were launched on the Chinese market in 2016.
In recent months, FBAC succeeded in doubling its dealership network to over 160 dealers across the whole of China – more are to follow. This has been made possible by the inclusion of Mercedes-Benz car dealers.