10 Mercedes-Benz models proudly carry the seal 'Made in Bremen'. Vehicles bearing the brand's iconic three-pointed star have been produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sebaldsbrück, Bremen, since 1978. 12,500 employees ensure that up to 400,000 vehicles roll off the assembly line each year here.
These are impressive numbers – figures that show how the beating heart of Bremen's industry is driven by the car. Some models are sporty and dynamic, others graceful and refined. And there's plenty in between. And recently also fully electric with the first vehicles in the EQ series. The Bremen plant also happens to be the leading plant for the worldwide production of C-Class vehicles – all sites producing C-Class cars are managed, monitored and optimised from here, among others in Tuscaloosa USA.
To ensure that everything runs smoothly, the plant is serviced by a total of 1,000 suppliers, with a thousand lorries delivering their products to the premises each day. Many of these suppliers have based themselves in Bremen to get as close to the Mercedes-Benz plant as they can. The Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate, located near to the plant, further serves this purpose. It is undergoing continual expansion in the face of increasing demand, in part owing to its prime location just off the A1 autobahn.
Our photo gallery showcases the cars that have been produced in Bremen with the support of a vast workforce and extensive supplier network.
Established as a successor to the 'Baby-Benz', the C-Class has been produced since 1993. It is the biggest-selling Mercedes-Benz model series. The fifth and latest generation of the C-Class will go into production in 2021 and will be available in many model variants.
When it comes to having plenty of room, the C-Class estate dominates the field. And Germans do love their estate cars, which are just ahead of SUVs as the country's most popular type of vehicle. It's not just families who value the C-Class estate as an extremely roomy vehicle – an abundance of space is always useful, whether you're transporting tools, groceries, animals or skiing equipment. The latest generation has been manufactured exclusively in Bremen since 2014, so if you're driving a C-Class estate, you can be sure of one thing – you've got your hands on a high-class, quality product made in Bremen. The most popular variant is the C220 diesel – often the first choice for company car buyers.
The C-Class coupé is the sportiest model in the C-Class family. The two-door model is available in a wide range of engine specifications, right up to the AMG versions that take performance to new heights. Maximum comfort and convenience is ensured through incorporation of the latest technology, such as braking and steering assists.
The cabriolet completes the quartet of C-Class models made in Bremen. It's not only the newest addition to the class, but it's also the first ever C-Class convertible. Production of the cabriolet began in June 2016. Click here to find out more about the convertibles that are manufactured in Bremen, which come with a variety of features – including, of course, a built-in sky!
The E-Class coupé rolls off the assembly line in Bremen alongside the C-Class cabriolet, C-Class coupé and E-Class cabriolet. It is packed with state-of-the art technology: in place of analogue instruments, for example, the dashboard features up to three flat screen monitors. These give the driver control over a diverse range of vehicle management systems, such as automatic collision prevention, parking assistance, braking assistance, and even a concierge service.
The car manufacturing process at the Daimler plant is supported by 1,500 robots, which also produce parts for the E-Class cabriolet. Just like any other model, the cabriolet can be made to order in thousands of different variations, all of which come off the same assembly line. This is made possible by an intelligent production system, which visitors can see for themselves on one of the many factory tours.
The SUV is now one of the most popular vehicle types around, particularly in international markets, and sales show no sign of slowing. Exports to the important Chinese market increased by 44 per cent in 2016. The GLC is the Daimler group's mid-range SUV option, combining the qualities of an off-road vehicle with a spacious interior. It shares a platform with C-Class models, which means that some important parts and components are used in both classes. The connection is also explained by the shared production site, as both vehicle ranges are produced in Bremen.
The GLC coupé is the tenth and most recent model produced in Bremen. It is a sportier version of the GLC and boasts a distinctive curved rear. Even during the assembly process, it serves as a symbol of innovation: in the factory, a new system has been used for the first time that allows employees to remain seated in an ergonomically optimal position while kitting out the vehicle interior. This reduces back strain, avoiding the risk of occupational injury.
The EQC is Daimler's first mass-produced electric vehicle and heralds a new era in the Daimler Group. With two electric motors and 80 KWh battery power, it has a range of up to 450 kilometers. With the launch of the electric vehicle, the Bremen plant is demonstrating its special flexibility: it is not only the 11th model to roll off the assembly line here, but also one with a completely new drivetrain.
The second all-electric model produced in Bremen will be the EQE electric sedan. It is the equivalent of the E-Class in the combustion segment and thus offers upscale equipment together with the quiet, albeit powerful, acceleration of an electric drive. Not much is known yet about the exact equipment features, and production is scheduled to start in the second half of 2021.
Bremen is an important centre for the automotive business and automotive research. For more information, please visit the Automotive section of our website.
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