R 230 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
The production of the current R 230 model series came to an end after unit no. 169,434 rolled off the assembly line at the Bremen plant on November 30, 2011. The milestone vehicle is an SL 350 painted Iridium silver; 315 BHP 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. The car will be added to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, right next to the iconic roadsters that wrote the prestigious 60-year history of the ‘Sport Leicht’ range. According to company officials, more than 370,000 SL cars were produced at Bremen since 1989.
As the area’s biggest private-sector employer, the Bremen plant is deeply rooted in the region. During a little over 30 years more than five million Mercedes-Benz passenger cars have been produced in Bremen.
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen is gearing up for the production of a fourth model of the high-volume C-Class model range. As of 2011, a Coupé will be added to a flexible production line, which already produces the three existing models. This will be a new addition to Bremen’s current production portfolio in the C-Class segment, comprising the Saloon, the Estate and the compact GLK sport utility vehicle (SUV).
“The decision by the Board of Management to produce the Coupé version of the current C-Class here in Bremen as well represents another important milestone on our way to becoming Mercedes’ competence centre for the C-Class and is a clear sign of the trust in the Bremen team’s capabilities and standards,” says Peter Schabert, Head of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.