The first series production Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has just rolled off the assembly line in Bremen, as the fifth family member of the E range. The four-seater with a soft top marks a milestone: within three years, the plant has completely renewed its product range.
By the end of the decade, the portfolio of vehicles “Made in Bremen” will be capable of building the full range of intelligent drive systems – from classic combustion engines and plug-in hybrids through to fuel cell and electric vehicles.
“With the production start of the E-Class Cabriolet we have successfully managed the latest in a whole series of start-ups,” says plant manager Peter Theurer. “This means that the team in Bremen has maximum production flexibility across the whole range of models, variants and drive systems. Thus, we are very well positioned for the future and can respond rapidly to customer demand.”
The new E-Class Cabriolet is produced on the same line as the E-Class Coupe, the C-Class Coupe and the C-Class Cabriolet. Ten models are currently manufactured at the plant: the Saloon, Estate, Coupé and Cabriolet of the C-Class, the Coupé and Cabriolet of the E-Class, the GLC, the GLC Coupé, the SLC and SL roadsters.
“The new E-Class Cabriolets is an impressive product, made by colleagues of an even more impressive team,” says Michael Peters, Chairman of the Mercedes-Benz Works Council in Bremen. “Only their commitment made such a start-up marathon possible, over all new products at the Bremen location, in this short time. We are proud that our very sporting goals have been achieved in the past months. This was possible because everyone involved acted as part of one team.”
During the start-up phase, the Bremen team of 12,500 employees, worked together closely with colleagues from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, where the Saloon and Estate models as parts of the product family are produced.