A few months ago, Mercedes-Benz debuted the updated C-Class. While changes to the vehicle may be subtle, it did give the brand's top selling model a few updates for 2018. Now, production of the 2018 C-Class has finally begun at Daimler's Bremen plant in Germany. In the coming months, other Mercedes-Benz plants in Tuscaloosa (USA), East London (South Africa) and Beijing (China) will also begin production of the C-Class.
Together with the sedan's new features, assembly of the model has also been modernized. Daimler says that assembly of the C-Class uses 'state-of-the-art digital production technologies and forward-looking Industry 4.0 solutions'. That said, it generally optimizes work flow and improves efficiency in the plant. A good example would be the replacement of paper documentation to mobile devices.
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen currently has over 12,500 employees. There are ten models being manufactured at the site: The C-Class Sedan, Estate, Coupe and Covertible, both the E-Class Coupe and Convertible, and the SLC and SL roadsters. The Bremen plant also produces some crossovers such as the GLC and the GLC Coupe. In 2017, more than 420,000 vehicles were produced by the Bremen plant alone.
Production of the C-Class worldwide is controlled by the Bremen plant. That said, it also directs other high-volume Mercedes-Benz models to the other four plants. By the end of the decade, the vehicles made in Bremen will cover the entire range of intelligent drives – from classic combustion engines and plug-in hybrid to fuel cells and electric vehicles.
With production having already begun, expect to see a few 2018 C-Class driving around your neighborhood soon.