Beijing Benz (officially Beijing Benz Automotive Co Ltd) is an automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Beijing, China, and a joint venture between Beijing Automotive Group and Daimler AG. Since its founding in 1984 the company has kept the same Chinese co-owner but has had several foreign co-owners.
Beijing Benz assembles and manufactures the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (long wheelbase), C-Class, and GLK-Class in China.
While Beijing Benz does not produce all the Mercedes-branded autos sold on the Chinese market, such cars currently enjoy a reputation for high quality and popularity. Some Mercedes offerings, the S-Class for example, are imported by Mercedes-Benz (China) Ltd. Mercedes Benzes are, alongside FAW Group Audis, Brilliance Auto BMWs, and Lexuses, some of the only Western luxury cars to have gained popularity in the Chinese market.
Sales in 2010 were expected to reach 50,000 cars, but total Mercedes Benz sales in China including imports were near 150,000. In 2008 Beijing Benz's production capacity was estimated at 100,000 units/year although that figure may consider engines and vehicles as discrete, and the company was likely able to produce only half that number of whole vehicles.
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