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Alabama auto production sets record in 2013, with more gains expected

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama’s three auto assembly plants combined to break a production record in 2013, surpassing the previous year’s total by 4 percent and stoking optimism that output can continue to rise.

The Alabama assembly plants of Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz produced a total vehicle count of at least 915,000 last year, beating the 880,114 figure set in 2012, the previous production record for the state, according to a report by

Honda’s Talladega County plant assembled an estimated 333,531 vehicles in 2013, down slightly from 2012 due to the introduction of the Acura MDX to the production line. Hyundai, which added a third shift in September 2012, increased output by 10.6 percent in 2013 to 399,495 vehicles, a plant record. Mercedes, which won’t announce its 2013 production total until later, said it surpassed its 2012 record of 182,000 vehicles.

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