Production of the new generation of the GLC and the GLC Coupé has started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The most popular SUV model of the Mercedes-Benz brand is built flexible on one line together with the C-Class Saloon, the C-Class Estate and the all-electric EQC (combined power consumption: 20.8 – 19.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 0 g/km) . As the lead plant, Bremen also oversees the worldwide ramp-up of the model series.
Flexible production using state-of-the-art technology
Statistically, no two GLCs are alike due to the myriad of different equipment variants and optional features. That is why the production operations have a highly flexible design. Digital processes support the employees in their daily work.
So-called shopping carts ensure the variance and the high level of individualisation of the vehicles produced in Bremen: The add-ons ordered by the customers are picked just-in-sequence and delivered directly to the assembly line with driverless transport systems (DTS).
As the main production site for all models of the C-Class and the GLC, the Bremen plant oversees the production of these model series in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Since 2011, the preceding model GLK has also been built in Beijing, with the GLC series being added in 2015. In addition, the GLC is also being built at Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive since 2017 due to the high demand.
The success model GLC: Articulate and versatile
Since the market launch in 2008, more than 1.5 million units of the GLK and its successful successor, the GLC, have been sold. Over the last ten years, the GLC including the preceding model has thus been the best-selling SUV from Mercedes-Benz. In 2018, it even set a global sales record.
In addition to a distinctive design, the latest generation of the model series shines with the latest generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system as well. It also has a more striking design of the lights at the front and rear, more chrome elements, revised bumpers, expanded driving assistance systems as well as new engines. The result is an SUV that sets new standards, on the road as well as in terrain.