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1st Mercedes-Benz Viano transporter comes off line at FJDA.

Taipei, April 22, 2010 (CENS) -- The first Mercedes-Benz Viano transporter came off the new production line in Fuzhou produced by Fujian Daimler Automotive Ltd (FJDA), a company jointly founded in 2007 by Fujian Motors Industry Group (FJMG), China Motors Corp. (CMC) of Taiwan and Daimler AG of Germany.

FJDA aims to sell 10,000 to 11,000 Vianos this year, with the joint venture expected to become Dailmer Group's major multi-purpose van (MPV)/transporter production base in Asia.

According to Daimler, the premium MPV/transporter market in China is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the mid-term. It grew 32% in 2009, with 384,000 MPVs sold in China, compared to 292,000 sold in 2008. FJDA is expanding its dealer network to more than 40 outlets nationwide.

CMC pointed out that FJDA has capitalization of 160 million euro, in which CMC has a 16.225% stake. The joint venture originally planned to kick off mass production in July 2009 but the whole project was delayed due to uncertainties.

The Taiwanese automaker said that the first Viano produced by FJDA would be powered by 2,200cc diesel, 2,500cc gasoline engines.

According to CMC, FJDA's manufacturing facility includes body, paint and assembly areas, totaling 128,000 square meters. FJDC currently has 1,300 local employees, which will increase substantially as the plant continues to raise production. At maximum capacity on two-shifts, FJDA will produce up to 40,000 vehicles annually, but can adjust volume and model mix based on demand.

((Quincy Liang))

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Title Annotation:Fujian Daimler Automotive Ltd.
Publication:The Taiwan Economic News
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Date:Apr 22, 2010
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