Mercedes-Benz celebrates the production of its 22 millionth vehicle at its Sindelfingen plant. The vehicle in question is a red EQS 580 4Matic, which rolled off the production line at Plant 56 in Germany earlier this week. Work at the factory began in 1919 and it has been the center of excellence in luxury car production for Mercedes since 1946.
The Sindelfingen plant is where the automaker builds its most luxurious vehicles. These include the S-Class with combustion and electrified engines, as well as the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The E-Class, GLC, CLS, S-Class Guard and Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door are also assembled at the same production site. Mercedes is particularly proud of the fact that the factory is very flexible and that new transmissions can be quickly and easily integrated into the running line.
“I congratulate my colleagues at Sindelfingen on the impressive production anniversary of 22 million vehicles. Flexible, digital, efficient and sustainable: Sindelfingen is and remains our center of excellence for luxury vehicles in the global production network. Sindelfingen has an impressive history, while being ideally positioned for the future: the leading factory in the high-end luxury segment will produce models using the AMG.EA electric platform from 2025,” comments Jorg Burzer, Head of production and supply chain management at Mercedes.
The Sindelfingen plant was originally established as an aircraft factory in 1915 and it was not until 1919 that vehicle production began there. The first model on the production lines was the Mercedes-Knight 16/45. In the 1920s and 1930s large-scale production became established and Sindelfingen reached record capacities in 1966 when twice as many vehicles were built in a single year as during the entire period between 1946 and 1952.
More recently, the plant built its 20 millionth vehicle, an S-Class S500 PHEV, in 2015, when around 37,000 people were employed at the site. The successor to this model went into production in 2020, followed by the all-electric EQS the following year. In 2022, Mercedes also started production of the latest generation GLC.