Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen to Build GLC SUV

AutoInformed.com onMercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant expansion - April 2019

Michael Bauer (left) Head of Production Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant and Site Manager and Ergun Lümali, Chairman of the Works Council.

The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant has been given the go-ahead to build an additional model series. The GLC SUV will roll off the production line as of 2022. The GLC has been rolling off the production line at the high-capacity Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant, which is the “competence center” for the C-Class and the GLC, since June 2015. It’s also built at the Chinese production site at Beijing Benz Automotive Corporation (BBAC) in Beijing for the local market since October 2015, and at the “production partner” Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland, since the beginning of 2017. (Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa Starts GLS Production, and Mercedes GLC 63 S 4Matic+ Fastest SUV on Nürburgring)

Since market launch in 2008, more than 1.5 million GLK models and its successor, the GLC, have been sold. In the past 10 years the GLC, including GLK, was the best-selling SUV from Mercedes-Benz. In 2018 it achieved a new global sales best. The biggest markets for the model series last year were China, the USA and Germany.

The GLC is a decent handler for a boxy, tall truck. As a coupé it is almost a sportier “car” among SUVs. Benz says the model series offers so many different equipment variants and optional extras that in statistical terms no two GLC models are alike.

In 2014 the Plant Management and works council agreed to an extensive modernization of the Sindelfingen plant. Both parties agreed investments totaling €1.5 billion. This money is being used to set up a new body-in-white shop, for example, as well as the new “Factory 56” assembly shop which will be of the most modern car production facilities in the world according to the key terms “digital, flexible, green.” An additional €600 million will be invested in research and development. In total Daimler is investing €2.1 billion at the Sindelfingen site, where in future electric premium and luxury class vehicles of the new product and technology brand EQ will be produced. Moreover, battery production is planned at the Sindelfingen site.

“With production of the GLC at the Sindelfingen plant we are putting our global production network on an even more flexible and efficient footing. Alongside premium and luxury class vehicles the plant is now receiving a further volume model in the much-sought-after SUV segment. This sees us sustainably reinforcing the future viability of the site on the one hand. On the other hand, this enables us to react optimally to the high demand from our customers”, explains Markus Schäfer, Executive Board member Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

“It is excellent news for the Sindelfingen plant that we will also produce the Mercedes-Benz GLC in future. Our sustainable strategy to safeguard jobs, employment, and quantities, is proven to be successful. We as Works  Council are very pleased – also for the Sindelfingen site as well as for the region,” commented Ergun Lümali, Chairman of the Works Council at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant.

The GLC has been rolling off the production line at the high-capacity Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant, which is the competence center for the C-Class and the GLC, since June 2015, at the Chinese production site at Beijing Benz Automotive Corporation (BBAC) in Beijing for the local market since October 2015, and at the production partner Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland, since the beginning of 2017.

“We are delighted that another model of success is originating from Sindelfingen in the guise of the GLC. This also thanks not least to the work by our highly motivated and experienced employees. With production of the Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV, which has been rolling off the “Innovation Factory” production here since the start of 2018, we have already been able to demonstrate that flexibility belongs to our core competencies. The integration of the GLC into the production at the Sindelfingen plant is another step towards the consequent direction of the site’s future competitiveness”, said Michael Bauer, Head of Production of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant and Site Manager.

In 2014 the Plant Management and works council set the points for the extensive modernization of the Sindelfingen plant with the future vision. Back then both parties agreed investments totaling €1.5 billion. This money is being used to set up a new body-in-white shop, as well as the new “Factory 56” assembly shop which will be of the most modern car production facilities in the world as in “digital, flexible, green.” An additional €600 million will be invested in research and development. In total, Daimler is investing €2.1 billion at the Sindelfingen site, where in future electric premium and luxury class vehicles of the new product and technology brand EQ will be produced. Moreover, battery production is planned at the Sindelfingen site. (Mercedes-Benz to Build at Bremen Its First Electric Car – EQ, Mercedes ‘EQ Ready’ App Picks EV or Hybrid for You, More EQ Silliness from Mercedes-Benz)

About Sindelfingen

The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is the center of competence for executive-segment and luxury-class passenger cars, and also the lead plant for the production of the S- and E-Class model series. Going forward, this will also be the location for the production of electric vehicles of the new EQ product and technology brand. Together with the central production organization of Mercedes-Benz Cars, the plant employs a workforce of more than 25,000. Mercedes-Benz produces the E-Class (Saloon and Estate) there as well as the CLS, the S-Class (Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet), the Mercedes-Maybach, the Mercedes-AMG GT family and the GLA. Around 250 vehicles a day are delivered at the Mercedes-Benz Customer Center in Sindelfingen.

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