Series production of the new E-Class Coupé has started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. This latest addition to the E-Class family follows the Saloon, the Estate and the All Terrain off-road variant globally, which have been rolling off the assembly line at the Sindelfingen plant since last year.A long-wheelbase version of the new E-Class is built for the Chinese market at the company's plant in Beijing.
"The production start of the E-Class Coupé is part of the ongoing rejuvenation of our model range and continues our growth path", commented Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management."
Technically based on the Saloon, the sporty and exclusive Coupé marks a next step in the evolution of the Mercedes-Benz design language. At the same time, it offers the technology of the E C lass family with features like smartphone integration, Widescreen Cockpit and driver assistance systems with the option of, among other things, partially automated driving.
The Coupé is already available to order in Europe and will be on its way to customers from spring 2017.
The new E-Class Coupé is produced at the Bremen plant as part of a flexible system alongside the C-Class Coupé and C-Class Cabriolet. The team could integrate a further start-up into the running series production in a very short space of time, while the plant is working to full capacity.
"The new E-Class Coupé is a further top-of-the-range model that is set to enhance the contemporary appeal of our product portfolio at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant," says Peter Theurer, Site Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Bremen Plant. "The ability to build such a diversity of models in Bremen is made possible by a highly flexible production system and intelligent manufacturing concepts, for example by producing all our Coupés and Cabriolets on one line".
"Once again, the team in Bremen has demonstrated superb flexibility and speed while also, from the very start, delivering Mercedes quality."
The Bremen plant currently produces ten different models, and thus the highest number of variants of any plant within the Mercedes-Benz Cars production network. By the end of the decade, the list of vehicles "Made in Bremen" will encompass the full range of intelligent drive systems – from the classic combustion engine and plug-in hybrids through to fuel cell and electric vehicles.
“Together with our colleagues, we are excited about the successful start of production of the new E-Class Coupé and the resulting positive perspective for the site in Bremen,” says Michael Peters, Chairman of the Works Council at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen Plant. “It’s always a great achievement bringing a new vehicle onto the streets. Each start of production – and we had a lot of them in the past – proves that our experienced colleagues meet new challenges in a highly professional way.”