2014 – The year of the C-Class: New C-Class Estate Celebrates Premiere at
Mercedes-Benz Plant in Bremen
● Commitment to automotive manufacturing in Germany
● Andreas Kellermann: “We are proud to be the exclusive producers of the CClass
estate here at our plant.”
● Over 400,000 units of the CClass estate have been sold worldwide since its
market launch in 2007
Bremen, Germany – The new CClass estate is being presented to the public for the first time
today at the MercedesBenz plant in Bremen. Through this presentation the company is affirming
its commitment to its automotive manufacturing operations in Germany. In addition to the
CClass sedan, the new generation of the estate will also roll off the assembly line at the
production plant in Bremen. This German plant plays a key role as a center of competence for
the global production of the highest volume MercedesBenz model series. The investment in the
production of the new CClass in 2014 and 2015 will amount to €2 billion. Daimler is investing
more than €1 billion in the production plant in Bremen alone this year.
Andreas Kellermann, Head of the MercedesBenz production plant in Bremen, says, "After
the successful production launch of the new CClass sedan at the beginning of February, today
we are celebrating the world premiere of the estate at the Bremen plant. We are proud to be the
exclusive producers of the CClass estate here at our plant. By comparison to the predecessor
model, we've made a huge leap in terms of design, quality, and innovative technologies."
Cuttingedge production processes for aluminumhybrid construction
For the new edition of its bestselling model series, MercedesBenz constructed a series of
completely new production halls during ongoing threeshift operation at the plant. One of the halls
is for bodyinwhite construction. Numerous newly developed production technologies
demonstrate the MercedesBenz brand's claim to leadership and set new standards in the
Aluminum components make up about 50 percent of the body of the new CClass estate. That's
a considerable increase compared to the predecessor model. The use of the innovative
aluminumhybrid construction method poses new challenges to joining technology, because
steel and aluminum can not be welded together. This is why MercedesBenz is the world's first
automaker to use the ImpAcT joining process. In this process, the components are quickly and
effectively joined by means of injected elements. The process makes it possible to manufacture
stable and lightweight profiles in body construction. The body components themselves are
molded in one of the world's most modern servo presses.
Other innovative processes include the use of selfpierce riveting. In this process, steel and
aluminum sheets are joined in such a way that the rivet flares out in the bottom sheet. Another
process involves selftapping screws, in which the screws bore their own holes and cut their
own threads. And finally, in the clinching process metal sheets and profiles made of steel,
aluminum or stainless steel are joined without any supplementary work materials. No rivets,
screws or welds are necessary.
Even, narrow gaps and smooth transitions in body components, especially on doors and
hatches, are an important quality criterion for vehicles. In order to ensure optimal production
quality, MercedesBenz installed an ultraprecise gap measuring device in the assembly line. A
further innovation at the Bremen plant is the ultramodern device for gluing the roof onto the body.
For the first time ever, this process is taking place not in the bodyinwhite area but on the
Ergonomically designed workstations
The assembly process itself has been designed in line with the latest findings of ergonomic
research. Every individual step in the work process was closely examined before the production
process started, with the goal of designing the optimal production conditions. For example, the
seats of the assembly line workers are cushioned against vibrations. Special handling devices
and lifting assistants make it easier to install heavy components and modules.
The production of the CClass estate also sets benchmarks for energy efficiency.
MercedesBenz has been able to reduce the energy consumption per vehicle by more than 30
percent compared to the predecessor model. The optimized paint technology plays a major role
in this achievement.
Production location of eight MercedesBenz models
Eight models are currently being produced in Bremen: in addition to the CClass estate, the
CClass sedan and coupe, the EClass coupe and convertible, the GLK, and the SLK and SL
roadsters roll off its assembly line.
This production site was established in 1938 as Carl F.W. Borgward Automobil und
Motorenwerke, and in 1971 it was acquired by the company then known as DaimlerBenz AG. In
1978 the company launched car production in Bremen. The first MercedesBenz model
produced at the plant was the S 123, the predecessor of the EClass estate. Further milestones
were the production of the "Baby Benz" 190/190 E of the W 201 series in 1983 and the
production launch of the SL roadster of the R 129 series in 1989. In subsequent years the
Bremen plant acquired comprehensive knowhow in the area of roadster production and thus
also in modern lightweight construction.
The MercedesBenz CClass estate a success story
In 1996 the company presented its estate the firstever sporty estate in the medium range.
Today the CClass is the bestselling model series produced by Daimler. And now
MercedesBenz is writing the next chapter of this success story with the new CClass estate.
More than 400,000 units of the predecessor model have been sold worldwide since its market
launch in 2007, and more than a third of these vehicles went to customers in Germany.
Vehicles from this model series are currently the most successful fleet cars from
MercedesBenz. In the past year alone, about 40,000 CClass sedans and estates were
delivered to fleet customers in Western Europe. And in 2011 the estate was voted "Business
Car of the Year" in Germany. Most commercial customers opt for a MercedesBenz C 220 CDI
estate on account of its excellent fuel economy.
About the MercedesBenz Bremen plant
With more than 12,700 employees the Bremen plant is the largest private employer in the region.
The plant currently produces eight models: along with the CClass sedan, CClass estate and
CClass coupé, the EClass coupé and cabriolet, the GLK and the SLK and SL roadsters are
also built in Bremen. In 2013 the plant produced some 300,000 vehicles. As the centre of
competence for the new CClass, the MercedesBenz plant in Bremen also controls the startup
and production of the highvolume model series at the international plants in Tuscaloosa/USA,
Beijing/China and East London/South Africa.