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Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen produces its 20-millionth vehicle

Historic manufacturing jubilee

  • Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “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 not to reduce our efforts.”
  • Also Mercedes-Benz has reached 20 million Facebook fans, giving it the biggest fan community in the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand.
  • The jubilee car S 500 e is available to fans and employees for special occasions.
Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen produces its 20-millionth vehicle

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Ergun Lümali, Works Council Chairman of the Sindelfingen plant, and Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production & Supply Chain Management (left to right), receive the 20-millionth vehicle, an obsidian black S 500 e. On the occasion of the vehicle leaving the assembly line, a lightweight robot wrote the number “20.000.000” on a license plate and handed it to Zetsche. In the background on the right, you can see the 170 S Cabriolet A, which was built in Sindelfingen from 1949 to 1951.

Sindelfingen – 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.

Ponton saloons ready for delivery at the Sindelfingen plant in 1953

Ponton saloons ready for delivery at the Sindelfingen plant in 1953

“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.

One of the first official photos from 1951, taken at the Sindelfingen plant

One of the first official photos from 1951, taken at the Sindelfingen plant

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.

Mercedes-Benz Type 220 (W 187), 1951-54

Type 220, brochure cover from 1951

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 best selling luxury sedan.

The final assembly line of the 190 SL at the Sindelfingen plant. A lot of manual work characterises the production process – and women are also equally involved in the production of this woman's car.

The final assembly line of the 190 SL at the Sindelfingen plant in 1958. A lot of manual work characterises the production process – and women are also equally involved in the production of this woman’s car.

“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.”

Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant: production of the new S-Class, (W 222)

Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant: production of the new S-Class.

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.

Legendary automobiles from Sindelfingen

Type 260 D (W 138, 1936 – 1940)

Type 260 D (W 138, 1936 – 1940)

Legendary products have been produced in Sindelfingen for a long time. They include the Mercedes-Benz 170 with the safety-enhancing new swing axle before 1946 and the so called “Großer Mercedes” which was the preferred conveyance of several popes and monarchs. The Mercedes-Benz Type K compressor sports car ushered in the era of elegant and comfortable automobiles. The 260 D was also produced in Sindelfingen, the first diesel car with a power output of 45 horsepower. The first automobiles completely produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen also include the 170 S Cabriolet A, which was built between 1949 and 1951. Other legendary cars are the 300 SL “Gullwing,” the 190 SL and the “Ponton,” the first Mercedes-Benz with a self-supporting body. In the recent past, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG attracted great attention as a gullwing and a roadster, followed by the Mercedes-AMG GT in 2014.

About the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen

540 K Cabriolet C (W 29), 1936. Built in the special vehicle production unit of the Sindelfingen plant, this one-off model with streamlined radiator grille offers one possible solution as to how the upright Mercedes-Benz radiator could be incorporated into an aerodynamically inspired body.

540 K Cabriolet C (W 29), 1936. Built in the special vehicle production unit of the Sindelfingen plant, this one-off model with streamlined radiator grille offers one possible solution as to how the upright Mercedes-Benz radiator could be incorporated into an aerodynamically inspired body.

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen employs approximately 26,000 people. Last year, 367,313 cars of the Mercedes-Benz C-, E-, S-Class and the CLS, the CLS Shooting Brake, the SLS AMG and the Mercedes-AMG GT rolled off the production lines. Over 250 vehicles are handed over every day at the Sindelfingen Mercedes-Benz Customer Center alone.

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