The Bremen plant, in its capacity as the so-called lead plant, is guiding the global production of the C-Class – from the tooling strategy to the training of colleagues from international plants to production quality. With this, the company ensures top quality at all its production sites from the outset. In total, some 500 employees from international plants in East London/South Africa, Tuscaloosa/USA, and Beijing/China completed intensive training in Germany in order to pass on their knowledge as multipliers in their respective home plants - among them more than 150 from Beijing.
The new long-wheelbase C-Class
With a wheelbase that is an extra 8 centimeters long, the long-wheelbase version of the C-Class offers its passengers the highest level of comfort with maximized backseat legroom. For even more comfort, the front row passenger seat can be adjusted by passengers sitting in the back seat.
With more advanced technology and a full range of assistant systems including a semi-autonomous driving pilot and an innovative touchpad that allows for operations of the head unit functions through Chinese handwriting, the new long-wheelbase C-Class also offers maximum safety and the latest in technology in its segment.
The engines powering the new C-Class are locally produced at BBAC in Beijing as well at Mercedes-Benz’ first ever passenger car engine plant outside of Germany.
About Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC)
BBAC, a joint venture between Daimler and Chinese partner BAIC Motor, has been producing Mercedes-Benz passenger cars since 2006 and engines since 2013. Last year, around 120,000 vehicles rolled off production lines at BBAC, accounting for approximately one-half of Mercedes-Benz’ total sales volume in China.
Both partners are jointly investing €4 billion in BBAC through 2015, of which €1 billion alone was used for the expansion of local car and engine production capacity.
As a result, amongst others the existing production capacities at BBAC for the C-Class, the E-Class and the GLK-Class will be more than doubled to over 200,000 annually by 2015 – which by then will include the compact GLA, which will go into production at BBAC next year.
The Mercedes-Benz 4- and 6-cylinder engines produced at BBAC's engine plant are used in locally produced cars from BBAC and vans that are built by Daimler’s local joint venture Fujian Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (FBAC). The production line was designed with flexibility in mind, with an annual capacity of 250,000 units for the first phase.
About €90 million have been invested into the new BBAC R&D site that became fully operational just recently, making it the largest of Daimler’s joint venture R&D centers in the world, doing component and vehicle testing and supporting all production tests as well as future localization. It will give home to a cross-functional team of about 700 employees from R&D, quality management and purchasing.
(July 29, 2014)