Expansion of the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Vance, AL, is “a work in progress,” officials say, but the second product will not be a pickup or a sport/utility-minivan crossover. The air in Alabama is heavy with rumors of expansion and none were put to rest with the recent visit by Hans-Joachim Schoepf, DaimlerChrysler AG's management board member and head of development for Mercedes-Benz and Smart passenger cars. Mr. Schoepf says he wants the facility to grow and while he had no ...

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