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Historic production milestone.

The five millionth Mercedes-Benz compact vehicle “Made in Rastatt” since production of the first A-Class began back in 1997 has rolled off the production line at Mercedes-Benz’s Rastatt plant. This marks a historic production milestone for the A- and B-Class and the GLA at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt.

In addition, the Rastatt plant is broadening its portfolio with the addition of the A-Class Saloon. As the lead plant of the Mercedes-Benz Cars production network, Rastatt is now producing four compact models (A- and B-Class, A-Class Saloon and GLA).

Start of production of the new 2019 Mercedes-benz A-Class Saloon (V 177) at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt.
Aerodynamic world record for the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (V 177) with a Cd value of 0.22 and a drag of less than 0.49 m2.

Industry 4.0 technologies.

It was a year ago that Mercedes-Benz Cars initiated a global production ramp-up cascade. Production of the A-Class Saloon started in the third quarter of 2018 at the COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes) joint venture production plant in Mexico. This means that the new A-Class Saloon is now being produced at two plants within Mercedes-Benz Cars’ global production network. Connectivity, digitisation, flexibility and sustainability are the buzzwords in the production of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Especially at Mercedes-Benz’s Rastatt plant, which is connected to all the plants of the global compact car production network. A highly motivated workforce and Industry 4.0 technologies enabled the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt to ramp up the production of three new compact models (A- and B-Class, A-Class Saloon) in top quality in the space of a year for fast and flexible delivery to the markets. Ongoing improvements in recent years have additionally enabled Mercedes-Benz’s Rastatt plant to achieve substantial reductions in energy consumption per vehicle in the production process.

The family of compact cars.

The launch of the new A-Class Saloon represents a further important step in the production of the new compact car generation, which is being produced within a flexible and efficient set-up spanning five locations.

The family of compact cars currently comprises seven models: A-Class, B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, A-Class Saloon and the A-Class Saloon with long wheelbase, which has been in production in Beijing specifically for the Chinese market since the third quarter.

The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé (C 118) AMG-Line Edition Orange Art in cosmos black on a country road.

Investing extensively in technologies.

Mercedes-Benz has invested extensively in technologies and know-how at the Rastatt plant. The infrastructure which has been created allows the A-Class Saloon to be integrated into current series production operations – it runs on the same lines as have been used for the new A-Class compact saloon and the GLA since April 2018. This means that three models are now being manufactured on a single production line.

The new A-Class notchback model sees Mercedes-Benz Cars bringing the saloons back to Rastatt after more than 20 years. The E-Class of the 210 model series was produced here until 1996, before the first A-Class founded the compact car segment in 1997 and Rastatt became the cradle of the Mercedes-Benz compact cars.

The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC (N 293) in hightech silver metallic – the first Mercedes-Benz under the product and technology brand EQ.

Experience with compacts.

Rastatt is also the centre for all matters relating to the qualification of personnel involved in the production of the new compacts. Up to 240 employees undergo training simultaneously at the Training Center. The team here can look back on more than 20 years of experience. In future, a compact Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle of the EQ product and technology brand will also be produced at the Rastatt plant.

As the lead plant for compact cars, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt is responsible for global production control and planning as well as quality and supplier management. The production network comprises the plants in Kecskemét (Hungary), Beijing (China), Uusikaupunki (Finland), Aguascalientes (Mexico) and Hambach (France) – six plants in all on three continents.

EQC 400 4MATIC:
Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 20,8–19,7 kWh/100 km;
CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km.⁶

Advanced technologies redefining production standards.

Connectivity, digitisation, flexibility and sustainability are the buzzwords in the production of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Especially at the Rastatt plant, which is connected to all the plants of the global compact car production network and even has remote access to production facilities and robots where necessary – in order to load new software, for example. The plant is also equipped with state-of-the-art digital production technologies and cutting-edge Industry 4.0 solutions.

A few examples:

  • Driverless transport systems
  • Calibration of head-up displays (HUD)
  • Q-LIVE
  • Paperless factory
  • Sustainable and energy-efficient production
  • CO₂-neutral production
Rear view of the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (V 177) AMG Line black in iridium silver.

A-Class: Top marks for aerodynamics.

An A-Class with notchback and the lowest aerodynamic drag of all Mercedes-Benz production vehicles: Mercedes-Benz developed this completely new variant of the successful model in response to numerous requests from customers, unveiling it to the general public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018. The four-door model is the latest addition to the compact car family. It combines the proportions of a dynamic and compact Sedan with the efficient, cutting-edge engines of the A-Class.

Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX).

The technological highlights include the MBUX infotainment system Mercedes-Benz User Experience – which is fitted as standard. The A-Class Saloon also features the latest driving assistance systems which offer the driver cooperative support, such as Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC. The aerodynamics are outstanding: thanks to its long rear, the Saloon attains an unprecedented drag coefficient of Cd 0.22 – outstripping the CLA Coupé's previous world record.

Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) in the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (V 177).
The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class (W 247) in denim blue on a country road.

About the Rastatt plant.

The Rastatt plant has a workforce numbering over 6,500, making it the region’s largest employer. Rastatt is the lead plant for the worldwide production of compact cars in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz. The A-Class Saloon, A- and B-Class and the compact SUV GLA are manufactured here. More than 300,000 vehicles rolled off the production lines in Rastatt in 2018. The production network for compact vehicles also includes the plant in Kecskemét, Hungary (A-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake), the Chinese production location BBAC (GLA, A-Class L Saloon), and the Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive (A-Class). The COMPAS joint-venture production plant in Mexico (A-Class Saloon) and the plant in Hambach, France, were added in 2018. Compact Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles of the EQ product and technology brand are to roll of the production lines in Rastatt and Hambach in future.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 27.05.2019.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.