Production of the 2014 S-Class sedan begins in Germany
The 2014 Mercedes S-Class being built at the Sindelfingen plant
Production of the new 2014 Mercedes sedan has begun at Mercedes' Sindelfingen plant in Germany, with the first customer car completed.
So far this year, Mercedes has invested $ 1.3 billion in the plant in order to improve efficiency and flexibility of the assembly line that will build all S-Class models, including short- and long-wheelbase sedans plus the new S-Class Coupe. "Our production is breaking the mould. We made it fit for the future by implementing numerous new processes for manufacturing the S-Class," said Mercedes-Benz's Andreas Renschler.
Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Board and head of Mercedes cars said, "2013 is the year of the S-Class. We are driving forward our model offensive in the luxury segment. The new S-Class is opening up additional opportunities for us in the market". Like previous generations of the sedan, the new S-Class sedan boasts a lot of technology, and the model achieves maximum efficiency with its combination of aerodynamics and engine advancements.
Plant employees have undergone training to assemble the new chassis and body, which are constructed from a mixture of aluminium and steel. Other investments include a more efficient assembly process that reduces the amount of energy consumed per vehicle produced by about 20 per cent.
A worker working on the S-Class' body
When the 2014 S-Class arrives in the U.S., it will be powered by a 455PS twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Expect more engine choices to follow, including hybrid and diesel variants as well as 12-cylinder options. Rear-drive models are expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms in September, while all-wheel-drive models should be up for sale by November.
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