According to the reports, the previous-generation W204 C-Class was sourced from Germany.

However, the imminent C-Class estate, the C300 hybrid and the forthcoming C63 AMG will continue to be sourced from Germany.

First batch of C-Class models, which is supposed to go on sale at Mercedes-Benz dealerships this weekend including sedans, will include German and South African built models, but long-term, all sedan models are expected out of the East London plant in Eastern Cape.

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s manager of public relations and product communications, Jerry Stamoulis, told CarAdvice that all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, regardless of country of origin, have to meet the same stringent build quality standards for the brand.

“We are expecting a high quality of build in South Africa at our east London plant; it’s one of our highest-rated manufacturing plants in the world,” he said.