There are problems, indeed, in building a new vehicle in a new plant in a new country with a new work force and new management. And Mercedes-Benz has experienced those problems with its Alabama-built M-class sport-utility.
After two consecutive sub-par ratings in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, the plant is on a crash course to move up the ladder. Even if you are Mercedes-Benz, eternal vigilance is the price of quality.