The automotive industry accounts for nearly a quarter of Hungarian exports, more than 5 percent of Hungary’s annual GDP, and suppliers and other service providers add another 8-9 percent.
Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said at the presentation of the hybrid Mercedes-Benz CLA that it is extremely important that there are as many value-creating companies in the country as possible, companies that use high-quality knowledge and create high-tech production capacities while taking into account sustainability and environmental protection.
The Kecskemét plant employs more than 4,400 people and is one of the most important employers regionally and nationally, the minister stated.
The production of the new models is an important milestone not only for the plant but also for the Hungarian automotive industry, as it takes place at a time when the world’s automotive industry is facing an extraordinary economic challenge, he said.
Palkovics also noted that job protection and job creation are also in the national interest. He emphasized that ITM has committed itself to 90 percent carbon dioxide-free energy production by 2030 and Hungary becoming a climate-neutral country by 2050.
However, climate protection and economic development can only be enforced together with industry. On this note, Christian Wolff, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft., reported that the Kecskemét plant has managed to reduce energy consumption by 40 percent per car, water consumption by 30 percent and waste recycling to almost 100 percent in the last eight years.
The production of the Plug-in-hybrid-powered CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake is another milestone in the company’s worldwide electric vehicle portfolio, and the Plug-in-hybrid product offering will expand to six models.