Start of production at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant in Germany: Site manager Thomas Geier (3rd.f.r.) with his team at the end of the assembly line of the new GLA. “The ramp-up of the GLA is further proof of the diversity, competitiveness and efficiency of our production operations at the Rastatt plant. Within a very short space of time, our team mastered another ramp-up in ongoing series-production, while the location operates at full capacity and the preparations for the next generation of compact cars are running at full steam”, says Thomas Geier, Location Manager Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant.
The new GLA enters its current model year with an expanded range of engines (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 – 3.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 172 - 103 g/km), a systematic visual upgrade of the interior and exterior design as well as updated equipment variants. This sees the look of the compact SUV gaining considerably in presence, and the body impresses with a significantly more powerful design idiom. The GLA was first presented in 2013 and from the start became a success model in its segment, which it shaped and redefined.
About the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant
The Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant in Germany is the biggest employer in the region, with a workforce of around 6.500 employees. Within the global Mercedes-Benz production network, the Rastatt plant is the lead plant for the production of compact cars worldwide. The A-Class, B-Class and B-Class Electric Drive (electric energy consumption: starting at 16,6 kWh kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), as well as the compact SUV GLA are manufactured at the location. In 2016, more than 300,000 vehicles rolled off its production lines. The production compound of the current compact car generation further includes the plant in Kecskemét, Hungary (production: B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake), the Chinese production location BBAC (Beijing-Benz Automotive Co. Ltd – joint venture between Daimler AG and BAIC Motor; production: GLA) and the Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive (production: A-Class).
In 2017, the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
More information about the GLA is available at the following link: The new Mercedes-Benz GLA: Fitness therapy for compact SUV