Production on the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has kicked off at the German automaker’s Sindelfingen plant yesterday.
Employees at the plant have produced the first sixth-generation S-Class sedan as Mercedes looks forward to the new S-Class to open up new opportunities in the market. This year alone, Daimler has invested around $1.3 billion (€1 billion) in its Sindelfingen plant that will aid in adding versatility to the S-Class’ production. All the different variants of the S-Class will be produced in an efficient and flexible process on the same assembly line.
The 2014 S-Class will feature many innovations that required extensive training by the plant’s employees, such as the body shop’s use of joining cast aluminum alloys. Energy consumption per vehicle has also been lowered by around 20 percent thanks to improvements to the building engineering.
So far the German automaker has unveiled the S550 for the American market, which will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine with 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
“All of us here at Sindelfingen are enormously proud that the S-Class is made exclusively at our plant. We are able to draw on many years of experience making vehicles in the high-end, luxury class, and we do our best every day for our customers from around the world. In order to meet demand for the new S-Class in the quickest time possible, we will be working without a break right through the summer months,” says Dr Willi Reiss, Head of the Mercedes-Benz plant Sindelfingen.