Made In Usa Mercedes

Following hard on the heels of its archrival, BMW, Germany's Mercedes-Benz has decided to build a car plant in the U.S., company insiders say. But when company brass unveil the decision on Apr. 5, they likely will keep the plant's exact site under wraps--igniting a bidding war for the investment. A Southern site would make sense: Mercedes could position itself within striking distance of "Little Germany," a region with many German-owned suppliers that attracted BMW's $400 million plant to Spartanburg, S.C.

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