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Mercedes-Benz Produces First New E-Class, Many, Many More to Follow

The 101-year-old Sindelfingen Mercedes-Benz plant produces about 400,000 units per year, and a lot of the cars that will come out of its gates in 2016 will be the new E-Class mid-sized sedan.
Production start of the E-Class in Sindelfingen 1 photo
For now, though, Mercedes-Benz stopped to celebrate the first of its kind to leave the assembly line, leading the way for a model that has sold over 13 million units since the first generation came out. The new E-Class has had a very positive reception, so Mercedes has every right to hope the success is going to be continued by the new generation as well.

While it will undoubtedly make for the bulk of sales, the sedan is just the tip of the iceberg, with a station wagon, a coupé, and an AMG version also in the pipes. The E-Class family will be rapidly growing over the course of this year and that can only mean a lot of busy hours at the Sindelfingen plant.

To mark the event, some of the company’s important names were present at the finishing line of the new sedan in Sindelfingen, together with one example out of each of the current car’s nine predecessors. “Around two million cars roll off the production lines at our Mercedes-Benz plants every year. Each of these vehicles represents something special - but this one is unique: it is the first model of the new E-Class. In front of us stands the world’s most intelligent business saloon, built by the world’s best employees. Intelligent, innovative, packed with high tech -and premium quality. We are confident that our customers around the world are going to be impressed,” stated Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production & Supply Chain Management.

Michael Bauer, Site Manager Mercedes-Benz plant Sindelfingen, had this to say: “The E-Class stands for everything that makes our plant the competence center for upper range and luxury-class vehicles: tradition, innovation and the drive to set standards among the world’s best.

Indeed, Mercedes-Benz has placed the best of its available technology in the new E-Class, making a very strong statement in the segment and hoping to continue the successful story of this model. And by the looks of it, it’s got all the chances in the world: the new E-Class looks great both on the outside and the inside, can appeal to a wide range of customers (it can be had as an affordable sedan or an expensive and luxurious limousine) and has a promising range of engines that offer a good mix of efficiency and performance. That’s a perfect recipe for success, if there ever was one.

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