2020 has been a big year for Mercedes-Benz. They just released the all-new S-Class, and they're getting ready for a whole lot more models in the coming years. Not only that, but the German automaker has also opened a new megafactory, and it's vehicle production on a massive scale.
Mercedes-Benz calls it Factory 56 and, for now, it is the main assembly hub of the 2021 S-Class. The whole plant covers 220,000 square feet, which is the equivalent of 30 soccer fields, according to the automaker. That's just the factory.
Outside is the proving grounds that include a high-speed test track, country-road simulations, weather chambers, off-road tracks, and more. These in-house facilities are designed to push any new Mercedes-Benz model to its limits and ensure that any car that rolls off Factory 56 will be as solid, dependable, and durable as expected.
Aside from the massive scale of its operations, Mercedes-Benz calls Factory 56 the most high-tech automotive factory they have built by far. The robots handling vehicle assembly are connected by a 5G network. That ensures all production lines are in sync with each other. Vehicle specifications are also uploaded in the network, allowing production to switch from one vehicle to another with little downtime. Also, there are over 400 automated vehicles in the factory to bring in parts from one department to another, which helps increase production speed and efficiency.
But while the plant is almost automated, there's still a lot of human hands to help the S-Class and other Mercedes-Benz models roll off Factory 56. The plant employs about 35,000 people, from line workers, admins, and supervisors, to name a few.
Factory 56 represents the future for Mercedes-Benz, and expect more assembly lines from the brand to follow suit. While the new factory builds the all-new S-Class for now, models such as the next-generation C-Class could be made there as well. With the aim of production efficiency in mind, the future offerings of Mercedes-Benz might just become more affordable in the future.