february 22, 2019 - Mercedes-Benz

After the world premiere at CES 2019: Mercedes-Benz starts production of the new CLA Coupé

  • Following the A-Class, the #MercedesBenz CLA #coupé is the next model in the latest compact car generation to start leaving the production lines in #Kecskemét, Hungary.
  • Even more sporty and emotional in design, the new CLA also takes the next step in intuitive operation in the compact class with the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience).
  • Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of #MercedesBenz Cars, Production and Supply Chain: "The ramp-up of the new CLA #coupé once again demonstrates the effectiveness of our international production network for the compact models of #MercedesBenz Cars."
  • Christian Wolff, CEO and Site Manager of #MercedesBenz Manufacturing Hungary Kft: "For more than five years, the CLA has had a very special importance for our team: over 750,000 CLA und CLA Shooting Brake of the first generation have already left our production lines in #Kecskemét. We are all the more pleased that we are also producing the new CLA – as the only #MercedesBenz plant worldwide."

Stuttgart, Germany/Kecskemét, Hungary – The Hungarian #MercedesBenz plant in #Kecskemét remains the birthplace of the CLA: Following the sales success of the CLA #coupé, launched in 2013, the production of the second generation of this compact model - like its predecessor - now starts exclusively in #Kecskemét.

Mercedes-Benz Cars is thus seamlessly following up on the ramp-up cascade of the past year. In 2018 four models of the new compact car family left the lines in five locations on three continents within a record time: the A-Class hatchback in Rastatt, #Kecskemét (Hungary) and Uusikaupunki (Finland), the A-Class Sedan in Aguascalientes (Mexico), the A-Class L Sedan (long wheelbase) in Peking (China) and the new B-Class in Rastatt. This rapid succession of production ramp-ups in well-known #MercedesBenz quality was made possible by training courses at the lead plant in Rastatt, Germany, through standardization of processes, the use of Industry 4.0 technologies and the great flexibility of the locations in the global compact car production network of #MercedesBenz Cars.

The new CLA is above all designed to appeal to younger buyer groups. The CLA #coupé was the first #MercedesBenz model ever to celebrate its world premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas.

"The ramp-up of the new CLA #coupé once again demonstrates the effectiveness of our international production network for the compact models of #MercedesBenz Cars. The success story of the preceding model was already closely associated with the #Kecskemét plant. We are now writing the next chapter in this story. While the plant continues to operate at the highest technological level," says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of #MercedesBenz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

Further information in the press release to download