Mercedes extends plant hours to meet growing demand on 2014 S-Class

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 18, 2013

Mercedes-Benz is extending working hours at its factories next year in order to cater to the growing demand for its new vehicles. Employees at Mercedes’ Sindelfingen assembly site in Germany, which builds the top-of-the-line S-class sedan, have agreed to prolong shifts by an additional 74 minutes a day in 2014 after adding 30 minutes this year, parent Daimler said in a statement.

The site also has worked four Saturday shifts. A Mercedes factory in Bremen building GLK SUVs and C-class cars has arranged 10 extra shifts for November and this month. Mercedes’ sales growth in November outpaced gains at BMW and Audi, thanks to a new version of the S class and an expanded range of compacts.

Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche aims for Mercedes to recapture the crown as the best-selling global premium carmaker by the end of the decade. Daimler plans to “continue to grow with our attractive offering of models, and will be able to accommodate the demand thanks to our high flexibility,” Andreas Renschler, head of manufacturing at Mercedes, said in the statement.

Mercedes posted an 11-percent growth in the first 11 months of 2013 to 1.32 million cars and SUVs, almost matching the full-year record set in 2012. Mercedes outsold Audi for the first time this year in November.

Daimler added 21 shifts at its Rastatt site in Germany from January through November to produce more compact models. The carmaker also revised its A- and B-class models in the segment in 2012, then added the CLA in April 2013.

Earlier this month, Mercedes told its dealers in the United States that there will be limited supplies of the CLA in the first half of 2014 due to high global demand.

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


More than three decades ago, the DeLorean DMC-12 was produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. However, production was stopped due to issues within the company. The car itself was decent...
by - October 27, 2016
Tesla is making sure that all models under production will receive the necessary advanced hardware that will allow them to be autonomously driven. The fitment of these advanced hardware to...
by - October 27, 2016
Wondering how fast the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in actual driving? To provide customers a good idea on how fast the 2017 Camaro ZL1 could really get, Chevrolet recently had...
by - October 27, 2016
So, it is official! The new Honda Clarity FCV has the longest verified range of any zero-emissions vehicle currently on the road in the United States. One of the main...
by - October 27, 2016
Many have been anticipating Mercedes-Benz Vans’ newest luxury pickup truck, the X-Class. While Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal the official production version of the X-Class, it was kind enough to...
by - October 27, 2016