Mercedes-Benz will soon begin production of its A Class and CLA compact cars in North America at a Nissan factory in Mexico. It will be built alongside the upcoming front wheel drive Infiniti compact.
Shifting some of the production of these cars from Hungary to Mexico will allow Mercedes to better meet demand and reduce delays to consumers in North America. In addition, the lower wages in Mexico compared to the United States makes building cars south of the Rio Grande more cost effective for the parent company.
Taking into consideration the time needed to adapt the existing Nissan plant, production of cars with three pointed stars on their hoods should begin in 2016 to be sold as 2017 models.