DaimlerChrysler Opens Sprinter Plant in Charleston, S.C. ( about time )

and thanks to the miracle of tariffs , they build the Sprinter in Germany, unbuild the Sprinter in Germany and rebuild the Sprinter in the USA. I wonder
what that does for cost and reliability.
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DaimlerChrysler Opens Sprinter Plant in Charleston, S.C. 03/30/2007
2007 Dodge Sprinter vans are now built at new plant in South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The DaimlerChrysler plant in Ladson, South Carolina, just outside Charleston, has officially kicked off production of the new 2007 Sprinter van under the Dodge and Freightliner brands. The plant was inaugurated with the help of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford earlier this week. Annual production, assuming two shifts, will be 32,000. The former plant in nearby Gaffney, with annual capacity around 22,000 units, could no longer cope with the growing demand for the van, available in versions up to Class 3. The new plant - in fact a former American LaFrance fire-truck factory, a division of Freightliner LLC that was sold a year ago - offers 42,780 square meters (460,000 sq ft) of space. Some US$35 million was invested in renovations to the facility, which presently employs 180 workers.
The apparent new benchmark in its class, the Sprinter has been sold in North America since 2001 and has captured a firm commercial customer base. Canadian Sprinters are offered only behind the Dodge nameplate and arrive here via Halifax, where final pre-delivery inspections - but no assembly -- are done.
In fact, the Ladson plant is solely the result of tax law, says Wilfried Porth, head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans business unit of DaimlerChrysler. The vans are fully built at a Mercedes-Benz plant in Dusseldorf, Germany and are then partially disassembled before being shipped to the U.S. They arrive on American shores as a body and interior, with all wiring intact, plus separate crates containing all the underpinnings - suspension, tires, engine, transmission, etc. It's cheaper, says Porth, to use this semi-knockdown approach than pay U.S. import duties.
Sprinters for Canada and the U.S. are offered in three vehicle lengths on two new wheelbases. With a line-up of cargo vans, passenger vans and new chassis cab models, the line also boasts three roof heights. Canadian Sprinters are powered by a 3.0-liter Mercedes diesel while a 3.5-liter gas V6 engine is also offered in the U.S. Standard equipment includes the new Adaptive ESP (electronic stability program), which features additional sensors that now take into consideration vehicle payload, further reducing the risk of vehicle skidding and loss of control.
The all-new Sprinter goes on sale this spring.
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Am sure there's a lot of it about (Vodoo economics).
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It would seem so but to partially disassemble of vehicle right after you assembled it seems to take the voodoo to a higher Alice in Wonderland Level.
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greek_philosophizer wrote:

My family used to operate a factory in south Texas that manufactured land leveling equipment (Reynolds Manufacturing, in case you've heard of it). Whenever they sold machinery to a client in Mexico they would build it, then cut it apart, ship it, and then reassemble it in Mexico. They did this to avoid the 100% import tariff on manufactured goods going to Mexico. The way they did it, it was classified as scrap metal.
Treating relatively simple heavy equipment this way doesn't seem so bad, but I wouldn't want a car that had been put together twice.
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I expect this plant isn't part of the Chrysler sale.
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