Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. Opens Expanded TechCenter

   Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. Opens Expanded
                                  TechCenter

PR Newswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Mercedes-Benz Research &
Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA) today held the official grand opening
of its modernized and expanded Long Beach TechCenter located at 4035 Via Oro
Ave., Long Beach, CA. In attendance were Prof. Herbert Kohler, Daimler Vice
President Group Research & Sustainability, Dr. Bernd Fischer, Los Angeles
German Consul General, MBRDNA executive management, MBUSA colleagues, Mercedes
Benz Dealers, and city officials. The expansion will enable the facility to
support Daimler's strong growth in the U.S. market while ensuring that
customers' expectations with respect to the quality and durability of their
vehicles are met. The facility also plays a key role in supporting the
Mercedes-Benz zero-emissions alternative drivetrain program.

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This marks the second expansion of the facility which began operation back in
1997. The recent expansion provides the TechCenter with nearly 7,500 square
feet of additional space allowing it to keep up with the growing demand for
Mercedes-Benz vehicles which are achieving their highest volumes ever in the
U.S. market.

The expanded building allows MBRDNA to better meet US-specific R&D demands for
emission testing, powertrain engineering, durability engineering, and overall
vehicle testing. Virtually every area of the facility has been updated,
including the workshop to provide increased flexibility and efficiencies in
all testing (e.g. EPA 5cycle fuel economy emission tests). The highly
versatile and experienced staff along with state-of-the-art testing equipment
ensures that the TechCenter can provide unsurpassed testing quality for
Daimler AG.

MBRDNA, a part of the Daimler Group and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler
North America Corporation, consists of four divisions including Group Research
& Advanced Engineering, eDrive & Powertrain, TechCenter and Advanced Design.
Through supporting Daimler R&D, MBRDNA serves a vital role in the Daimler 2020
vision of becoming the top selling luxury brand in the world.

SOURCE Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.

Contact: Diedra Wylie, +1-949-598-4855
 
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