BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Parking lots in parts of central and western Alabama are filling up with Mercedes SUVs, and it has some people wondering what’s going on.
Century Plaza in the Crestwood section of Birmingham is filled with hundreds of cars. More arrived Thursday and Friday. Mercedes released a statement about it to CBS 42 Thursday, saying it stems from the production of the new Mercedes GLE, which began in late 2018. According to the statement, it’s a new SUV platform, and there have been challenges with its production.
“The conversion of production to a completely new architecture is a big challenge,” the statement read. “It is a challenge we are working to jointly master with both our existing and new suppliers.”
But the company also says the launch of the new model will be simultaneous across all its worldwide markets (U.S., Europe, and China) instead of taking place in phases.
“As a result, we are using a number of locations in the plant and off-site locations nearby for the storage of those vehicles as temporary storage for our vehicles,” the statement read.
And many of those off-site locations are in central and western Alabama because the company’s Tuscaloosa plant is building the new GLE models. The company says they’ll be exported to nearly every country around the world.