The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is already being manufactured at the German brand’s state-of-the-art Factory 56.
Located in Sindelfingen (near Stuttgart), Mercedes-Benz says the new plant is among the world’s most technologically advanced, and was designed with improved efficiency, sustainability, digitisation and production flexibility in mind.
The car manufacturer claims 100 per cent carbon neutrality, made possible by a large collection of solar panels, 1400kWh energy storage system built with recycled car batteries, and the use of natural lighting. It is also 25 per cent more efficient that the previous S-Class assembly space.
Constructed over two and a half years, the 220,000 square metre site represents an overall investment of €2.1 billion (approximately AU$3.4B). It employs about 35,000 people.
Alongside the current flagship sedan, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that from next year the S-Class plug-in hybrid and all-electric EQS will also be built at the site.
However, the company claims new models can be integrated into series production in just a few days, helped along by the factory’s own internal 5G network and MO360 digital infrastructure.
“Factory 56 is our most advanced automotive production facility worldwide – flexible, digital, efficient and sustainable," says board member for production and supply, Jörg Burzer.
"Thanks to MO360, our comprehensive, digital ecosystem, we are making production processes in Factory 56 even more transparent and setting milestones in digital production."
The new S-Class was officially launched earlier this week, and will go on sale in Australia in the second quarter of 2021.
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