"We are starting work on our next generation of
compact cars, and as part of that discussion there is a
discussion about additional plant capacity," Zetsche said on the
sidelines of a Mercedes-Benz evening event in Detroit.
"An additional plant in North America is one scenario," Zetsche
said. No decisions about such a move had been taken, he added.
Zetsche said the capacity constraints were a "luxury problem" as
they were a symptom of strong car sales.
"There is a shortage in every market," he said, adding that
demand for vehicles such as the new S-Class was brisk.
Mercedes produces about two thirds of its cars in Germany but 80
percent of its sales come from outside the country.
Further expanding production capacity for compact cars at its
factory in Tuscaloosa was not a likely scenario, Zetsche further
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; editing
by Stephen Coates)
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