The Mercedes-Benz brand has achieved an important milestone, as car number 50 million in 75 years recently rolled off the assembly line at the Sindelfingen plant, Germany, in their global production network.
The milestone model happens to be the very first new Mercedes Maybach S-Class, which comes to life at ‘Factory 56’, along with the regular new-gen S-Class in standard and long wheelbase variants. The same facility will also build the EQS electric flagship sedan in the future.
“Fifty million vehicles produced is a significant milestone in the history of our company, and an exceptional achievement by the team”, said Mercedes’ Member of the Board of Management for Production and Supply Chain, Jorg Burzer. “I would like to thank the colleagues in the plants around the world for their work and commitment. Their expertise and passion in the production of our stars make the wishes of customers all over the world come true day after day.”
Focused on implementing the electric mobility offensive, the automaker will have a total of six new EQ models integrated into the series production operations by 2022. Their batteries are supplied by a global production network with plants on three continents. Furthermore, from 2022 and on-wards, production at the company’s facilities all over the world will be carbon-neutral.
Presented late last year, the new-gen Maybach S-class is longer than the regular flagship sedan, with extra space between the two axles. It comes loaded with amenities such as the active noise compensation system, seats with massage function for the calves, ambient lighting, gesture control, and a selection of the finest materials available inside.
The engine lineup varies from market to market and includes a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, rated at 496 HP, with a 48V system that brings another 21 HP for the S580 4Matic. The S650 has a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12, with 621 HP, and select countries will also get a PHEV, combining a 3.0-liter straight-six with an electric motor, for a total system output of 503 HP.