by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

Production Milestone: The Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt produces 3-millionth vehicle

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt celebrates a new milestone: the 3,000,000th vehicle, B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY of the new generation in Jupiter red paint finish, rolled off the production line this week. This special model will reach a customer from Wuppertal. Peter Wesp, head of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant, added on this occasion: "This production milestone is a milestone in our success story. As a center of excellence for compact vehicles, we are an elementary part of the Mercedes-Benz production network."

The Rastatt plant was officially inaugurated in 1992, with the E-Class being the first model to be assembled there until 1996. From 1997 onwards, the facility was established as a production site for the new A-Class. Prior to 2004, when the second generation came into force, around 1.1 million compact Mercedes-Benz premium models were sold to clients all over the world. Moreover, the current A-Class series appealed to more than one million customers and, in addition, beginning with 2005, the B-Class was also introduced in the production portfolio of the Rastatt factory. This niche vehicle, marketed as a compact sports tourer, became instantly popular, with total sales exceeding 700,000 units. Therefore, the Rastatt plant is unanimously recognized as a competence center for the construction of compact cars from Mercedes-Benz.

The new generation of compact class models

Starting September 2011, the new B-Class (W 246) was introduced in the range. Currently, preparations are being made at Rastatt to welcome the new A-Class, which is celebrating the world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. The new generation of Mercedes-Benz premium compact cars further includes three more sporty, emotional models, including a coupe and an SUV. The five new models will be built in a comprehensive production network comprising the Rastatt plant and the new facility in Kecskemét, Hungary. Three of the five models will be assembled at Rastatt.

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt employs over 6,100 people. In 2011, a total of 177,572 vehicles rolled off the assembly line.
Credits: Daimler AG

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