by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

Production of the new-generation GLK commences at the Mercedes-Benz Plant in Bremen

The first unit of the new-generation GLK rolled off the line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen on the 1st of June. The compact SUV was launched in April at the New York International Auto Show. The GLK comes with a redesigned exterior and several new equipments. "Our compact SUV is a hit: siince its launch in 2008, we have sold over 270,000 units," said Andreas Keller, Head of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. "We have perfectly integrated the new GLK in our production scheme. It is being built - like its predecessor - on the same production line as the sedan, the estate and the coupe variants of the C-Class lineup."

With a new design, upscale trim level, trailblazing assistance systems and efficient engines, the new-generation GLK highlights its leadership within the market segment of compact SUVs. The redesigned exterior delivers a more dynamic character. It combines both classic and modern elements found in the design of the current Mercedes-Benz sedans. The GLK comes packed with a range of modern assistance systems and extensive BlueEFFICIENCY measures like the standard ECO start-stop. For the first time in a GLK, the BlueTEC diesel emission control meets the stringent EU6 emission standard. From 29 June 2012, the new GLK is available for customers.

With more than 12,800 employees, the Bremen plant is the largest private employer in the region. Eight models are currently produced at this site: the C-Class sedan, the C-Class station wagon and the C-Coupe with the Black Series version of the C 63 AMG Coupe, the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, the GLK and both SLK and SL roadsters. More than ever before, the plant has produced over 313 000 vehicles in 2011. Last year, the market research firm J.D. Power and Associates has awarded the facility an official prize for its production quality and declared it the best passenger car production plant in Europe. In the future, the site will play an important role in the Mercedes-Benz development network: the next generation C-Class is the work of this center of excellence for high-volume series.

Credits: Daimler AG

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