The 20-millionth vehicle has left the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen. The jubilee car, an S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, was received by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and by Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.
“The twenty-million cars from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen would stretch two and a half times around the world. For Mercedes-Benz, this jubilee is an historic number. Each of these twenty million vehicles stands for a satisfied Mercedes-Benz customer – that is a great evidence of the trust placed in our brand. At the same time, it obliges us to continue in the same way and to not reduce our efforts,” stated Zetsche.
Mercedes-Benz has also reached the number of 20 million Facebook fans, giving it the biggest fan community in the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand. “We thank our loyal customers and fans as well as our employees, who have done a fantastic job in all those years and continue to do so. Without them, we couldn’t have achieved this historic jubilee,” continued Zetsche.
In the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars the Sindelfingen plant is the competence center for upper range and luxury-class vehicles. The plant celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. After an eventful history, which began in 1915 with the production of airplanes and airplane engines and continued with the production of vehicle bodies, Mercedes-Benz started to manufacture complete cars in Sindelfingen in 1946. The current S-Class and its predecessors have been built at the Sindelfingen plant since the Mercedes-Benz 220 was launched in the spring of 1951. The S-Class sedan is the world’s bestselling luxury sedan.
“We are confident that we will produce the next twenty million cars a lot faster. By 2020, we will invest a total of 1.5 billion euros in an ultramodern and flexible production facility here in Sindelfingen. This will allow us to offer our customers even more options for individualization and to safeguard our top quality,” said Schäfer. “Our focus continues to be on our workforce – we are reducing the degree of automation. At the same time, we are applying modern robots that work hand in hand with our employees without a protective fence, and which assist them with strenuous tasks.”
In the future, fans and Mercedes-Benz employees will have the opportunity to shape the ongoing history of the jubilee car: The obsidian black S 500 e will be used for special occasions. The resulting stories, films and photos will attract further attention, especially in social media.
Source: Daimler AG