Whichever C-Class model the German or European customer chooses, one thing is for sure: it will be manufactured in Bremen, the centre of excellence for the C-Class. Fans of open-top driving will also be delighted to see that the new C-Class convertible is coming on the market in summer 2016.
With the saloon, estate and recently launched coupé, this now takes the number of models in the C-Class family to four.
The Bremen plant has demonstrated long-standing expertise in the production of open-top cars, whether two-seater roadsters or four-seater convertibles. The SL roadster, the SLC roadster, the E-Class convertible and, from summer 2016, the C-Class convertible: Bremen is the number one production site for open-top cars bearing the famous three-pointed star.
The first Bremen-made Mercedes convertible rolled off the production line in 1989. It was the brand-new two-seater SL roadster from the R 129 model series. A dream car for many, and also the start of an unbroken story of success that has seen the SL model being produced in Bremen ever since. Its successor, the R 230, arrived in 2002, and from 2012 onwards, it has been the turn of the R 231 version. The Bremen plant has produced more than 400,000 SL vehicles to date – a hugely impressive record.
1996 saw the launch of the SLK, the 'little' roadster with the folding steel roof, which represented another milestone in the convertible segment. Since then, this model has also been continuously produced in Bremen. In 2016 the SLK was renamed the SLC. The four-seater E-Class convertible has also been made in Bremen since 2010.
The Bremen plant manufactured some 324,000 vehicles in 2015, making it the largest Mercedes-Benz production facility worldwide. It operates at full capacity, which is largely due to the top-selling C-Class and GLC-Class. With a workforce of more than 12,500 people, the Mercedes-Benz plant is Bremen's biggest employer.
The cars roll off the assembly line in a three-shift system. Almost every vehicle is pre-ordered and built to individual requirements, rather than being made for inventory. There are no real holding areas to speak of on the site. You can imagine the logistics expertise required to bring the finished vehicles straight from the factory to the customer. The company uses a dedicated rail connection and a seamlessly managed fleet of car transporters to meet this challenge.
A considerable number of vehicles are exported. The site's proximity to the car shipping terminal in Bremerhaven is a huge advantage.
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen was named 'factory of the year' in 2015 by the German trade magazine Produktion and the management consultancy AT Kearney. This accolade highlights the fact that the Bremen plant is leading the field when it comes to large-scale production. The team in Bremen are extremely flexible, hugely experienced in production start-ups and fully in control of the wide range of products at the site. Eight models were manufactured in Bremen in 2015, with up to three variants on one production line. New products are seamlessly integrated into the three-shift system without causing any interruption. By using innovative shift patterns, the plant can respond flexibly to demand in the market and run an efficient operation.
1978 was the year that Mercedes-Benz vehicles were first made in Bremen. At that time, only one type of vehicle was manufactured in the city. It was the 123 series 'T Model', Mercedes-Benz's first estate to be given the 'T Model' designation. This 'T Model' is considered by many to be the forefather of the 'lifestyle estate', which represented a conscious departure from the image of the tradesman's car.
Eight models are currently built in Bremen: the C-Class saloon, estate and coupé, the E-Class convertible and coupé, the SUV GLC and the SL und SLC roadsters. With the addition of the C-Class convertible and GLC coupé, ten models will be made in Bremen from summer 2016 – more than ever before.
Automotive engineering is one of the key industries in the state of Bremen. An overview of companies, institutes and initiatives at the location.
The state of Bremen covers 420 square kilometres and is home to around 670,000 people. Almost 22,000 companies provide more than 325,000 jobs. Below, we introduce some of the strong sectors that that make Bremen such an excellent business location.
Bremen is Germany’s sixth-largest industrial hub in terms of revenue. Whether the sector is aerospace, food, automotive, shipping or steel production, Bremen has always been a major player.
We don’t normally get to see Littelfuse’s products. And yet there’s hardly any electronic device that doesn’t require components from this global market leader. The European headquarters of the US firm are located in Bremen. And they’re far more than just a sales office.
How will we be working in the future? Daimler’s Innolab in Bremen’s Überseestadt district provides an answer to this question. And anyone can come and see it.
The Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate is ideally situated for businesses in the automotive industry, located in the immediate vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen just off the A1 autobahn. But it also offers a number of benefits for service providers, trading companies and the skilled trades. If you want to set up business here, you need to act quickly.
Mercedes-Benz in Bremen is the lead plant that manages C-Class production around the world. In addition to detailed planning and tight logistics, this also requires a good intuitive understanding of the market. Whether it is in China, South Africa or the USA, the sites around the world have to produce vehicles of consistently high quality. Find out here how the plant manages this.
The production line hardly ever stops at the second-largest Mercedes Benz plant in the world. Thousands of components have to be delivered to the right place at the right time – there is no room for errors or delays. LOREL Logistik GmbH undertakes a huge logistics operation every day to ensure that everything runs like clockwork.
Working on your laptop while the car takes care of the steering? This could well be the future for car travel. Teams in Bremen are working towards this end goal, with scientists from the university taking their first test car out on the road. Their expertise in aerospace comes in handy here too.
Formula Student is a world-wide competition for self-built racing cars, with the season’s final race held at Hockenheim. A Bremen-based team has been taking part in the competition with an electric racing car since 2013, and their ambitious goal is to break into the top ten.
An engine under the bonnet drives the wheels – this is the configuration that has been powering cars for over a hundred years. However, wheel hub motors – i.e. motors in the hub of the wheel, not under the bonnet – promise many advantages. Electric drive systems make this possible.
The Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate is a successful business park that is currently undergoing expansion. Several major logistics companies have based themselves here, developing increasingly sophisticated processes that aim to optimise just-in-sequence production for the automotive industry.
They came, they saw, they marvelled – Chinese business people in Bremen visited the Mercedes-Benz plant and were surprised to find that an automotive manufacturer with a vast robot workforce was also Bremen’s largest employer, with just under 13,000 (human) employees. But where do they all work?
A car plant seldom comes alone. Many suppliers have based themselves in close proximity to the automotive giant Mercedes Benz in Bremen. They ensure that the assembly line never stops. We demonstrates the wide range of companies and technologies that make up Bremen's automotive supply chain
No fewer than ten Mercedes-Benz models proudly bear the seal 'Made in Bremen'. They range from standard saloons to sports cars and SUVs. Which one do you like best?
BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG’s AutoTerminal in Bremerhaven is a record-breaking automotive hub. Every year, the terminal handles some 2.3 million vehicles. But that’s not all.
The Bremen region has long been a pioneer in electric mobility and is now set to enjoy further success after Mercedes-Benz and Borgward announced that they will be making electric vehicles in the city.
Bremen knows how to make cars: the Mercedes-Benz plant by the Weser river has been in operation for almost 40 years, is the focal point of the city’s automotive industry and automotive clusters, and is now the company’s biggest global facility in terms of vehicle production numbers. Reason enough for an ever-growing number of suppliers and logistics firms to base themselves in Bremen.