First new Mercedes E-Class has rolled off the assembly line. Series production has started today at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.
The E-Class is the best-selling vehicle in Mercedes-Benz history with more than 13 million examples sold. Mercedes-Benz decided to celebrate its champion by gathering examples of the nine predecessor model series at the finishing line of the business saloon in Sindelfingen, including in chronological order the 170 V, the 180 “Ponton”, the “Fintail”, the “Stroke 8” and the W123, W124, W210, W211, W212 series.
“The start of series production in our 101st year continues the Sindelfingen success story,” stated Michael Bauer, Site Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. “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.”
Innovative digital technologies were used in an earlier stage of the product development and ensure an efficient production. For example, the production planning and scheduling team created a digital process chain which simulated the production process from the press plant to final assembly. For assembly alone, around 4,000 individual processes are examined for technical feasibility long before series production commences.
One particularly noteworthy aspect here is virtual assembly: in a room equipped with special cameras, experienced employees fit virtual components to a digitally simulated vehicle. Carrying out this kind of testing with the avatar allows the team to assess how to best implement work processes long before actual production begins. In this respect, too, the latest E-Class is setting new standards.
The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is Daimler AG’s oldest established vehicle plant, and within the Mercedes-Benz Cars production network it is the competence center for upper range and luxury-class vehicles. It employs a workforce of over 25,000 and produces the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Saloon and Estate), the CLS and the CLS Shooting Brake, the S-Class (Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet), the Mercedes-Maybach and the Mercedes-AMG GT. Around 200 vehicles a day are delivered at the Mercedes-Benz customer centre in Sindelfingen.