July 22, 2014

Mercedes-Benz opens its largest Passenger Car Training Center in the World

Mercedes-Benz opened its new Shanghai Training Center, the brand's largest passenger car training site globally. The facility is capable of providing 140,000 participant training days per year. The strengthening of Mercedes-Benz' Chinese training infrastructure goes
hand-in-hand with the company's fast-pace network initiative in the country: 100 new dealership outlets will be opened through 2014, of which 65 per cent will be in fast-growing lower tier cities. By the end of the year, the brand will have significantly more than 400 outlets across the country.

"As we are midst our biggest network initiative ever, retail excellence is key to our sustainable development in China," said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for China. "Our all-new Shanghai training site demonstrates our commitment to our Chinese customers and our ambition to raise the bar in sales and service quality in the Chinese automotive industry."

The new Shanghai training facility provides - together with 4 other training centers that are distributed across the country in Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi'an and Chengdu - in total 220,000 participant training days in China annually for the three-pointed star. The new center covers an area of 11,250 m2, and features state-of the-art training equipment and an IT infrastructure that is suitable for large-scale training on all retail software systems. In addition to a 800 m2 large designated event space that can accommodate up to 400 people and 6 display cars, the center boasts 20 multi-purpose theory training rooms, 10 combined practical training rooms for technical repair and body training, and even a true-to-life reception space with up to 3 vehicles on display that follows Mercedes-Benz' latest retail standard. Instruction can emphasize real-world sales and service situations.

"Dealerships are a window into our brand, and it is here customers expect to experience excellent Mercedes-Benz products and services," said Nicholas Speeks, President and CEO of Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co., Ltd. (BMBS). "Our new Shanghai facility is strong testament to our dedication to dealership training and certification. It also represents the next step in our quest to exceed customer expectations."


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