Parking Lots Fill Up with New Cars From Alabama Auto Plant

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Parking lots have been filling up with scores of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Alabama. The Tuscaloosa News reports that thousands of the vehicles are showing up in parking lots across west and central Alabama. Officials with Daimler AG, the Germany-based company that owns Mercedes-Benz, declined to say how many vehicles are being stored. But company officials…

Feds: Mercedes in US Slow & Sloppy on Recall Notifications

All U.S. Mercedes assembled at Vance Alabama plant

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government is investigating Mercedes-Benz, alleging that the German automaker has been slow to mail safety recall notices and file required reports involving recalls of over 1.4 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a review found that Mercedes’ U.S. unit exceeded time limits for mailing letters to owners. In documents posted on its…

Lawsuits Accuse Automakers of Faulty Air Bags, Recall Delays

Three class actions filed Wednesday allege that General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes knew of problems with exploding Takata air bag inflators yet waited years to issue recalls. The lawsuits cite company documents obtained through previous lawsuits. The plaintiffs allege that automakers were informed of inflator defects during tests but delayed taking action. Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate…

Remember 1993’s $250-Million to Lure Mercedes?

Alabama was mocked for paying so much in incentives.

Now, Alabama is providing about $900 Million to win the $1.9 Billion Dollar Toyota/Mazda plant. It comes with 4,000 jobs. It will be located near Huntsville. CBS has a comprehensive report HERE. Categories: Statewide Tags: Alabama, incentives, Mazda, Mercedes, new plant, Toyota

Headlight Ratings for Some Alabama-Made Cars: Poor.

Ratings come from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with ratings for car headlights, and only one of the cars tested got a “good” rating. That was the Toyota Prius V. Several cars assembled in Alabama were on the “poor” list: The Montgomery assembled Hyundai Sonata and The Mercedes C and CLA.┬áMost of the tested cars rated the same…”poor”. It is…