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Old 03-19-2009, 02:10 PM
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Lightbulb REPORT: Daimler to open Mercedes hybrid electric research base in MI

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In an all-too-rare win for Detroit's automaker base, the state of Michigan and Daimler have reportedly reached a deal to see a new Mercedes-Benz hybrid and electric car research and development facility built in neighboring Ann Arbor. Among other things, the facility will develop hybrid transmissions, electric motors, and powertrain management software.

The German automaker is reportedly seeking a 65,000 square-foot facility to house the R&D works, and the development will also see the relocation of an existing facility currently located in Troy. Over the course of the next decade, the new operation is expected to represent a $9.9 million investment and generate 454 jobs - 223 of them directly. However, in order to secure the facility in Michigan (California and South Carolina were reportedly also considered), the state has had to cough up a tax break package worth some $7.5 million over 10 years.

[Source: MLive]REPORT: Daimler to open Mercedes hybrid electric research base in MI originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Mar 2009 13:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Old 03-19-2009, 04:13 PM
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Good for Michigan. I'm sure you guys can use the jobs. I wonder if the unions had to also make concessions to keep SC from getting that?
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OMG! You're right. It DOES look like a fish.
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OMG! You're right. It DOES look like a fish.

Yeah, here was a concept car from just a few years ago.....


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