Almost 20 years after beginning operations, the Mercedes-Benz Production facility at the DRB-HICOM Automotive Complex in Pekan, Pahang, has completed its 100,000th passenger vehicle.
From an initial investment of RM250 million in 2004, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has invested over RM500 million in the facility, besides transferring new automotive manufacturing technology which has included electric vehicle technology in recent years.
Beginning with just the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class model lines, the range of locally-assembled models has broadened to include the A-Class, GL-Class and this year, the fully electric EQ models.
The plant, which covers an area of over 895,000 sq. metres, also assembles Mercedes-Benz ACTROS and Mitsubishi FUSO commercial vehicles. Last year, the output of the plant was almost 9,500 vehicles, of which 78% were passenger vehicles.
The German carmaker was among the early carmakers to have vehicles assembled in Malaysia, beginning as far back as the late 1960s. However, the vehicles were assembled under contract at various plants until 2004 when Mercedes-Benz Malaysia established its own production facility within DRB-HICOM’s complex.