Mercedes-Benz starts production of GLC Coupe

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The premium maker announced the production of the new GLC Coupe has started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.

Mercedes-Benz did not want to leave BMW alone on the SUV compact coupe niche and unveiled its X4 competitor in April during the New York International Auto Show. The new GLC Coupe is being put together at the automaker’s plant in Bremen, alongside other nine three-pointed star models. Mercedes’ expansion plans have pushed the assembly lines in Bremen to full throttle, as they are currently rolling out the Saloon, Estate, Coupe and Cabriolet of the C-Class, the Coupe and Cabriolet of the E-Class, the GLC and GLC Coupe SUVs, as well as the two roadsters, SLC and SL.

Two out of three assembly halls each build four models on one and the same line. To cope with the fast rhythm, the plant’s management and the works council agreed last year over a 750-million-euro investment into the site for upgrades and further extensions.

“SUVs are growing in popularity around the world. By producing the GLC Coupé, Bremen is benefiting from this trend,” Michael Peters, Chairman of the Works Council, said. “Manufacturing four models on one line, or ten models in total, is a complex task.”

The GLC Coupe has a starting price of 49,444 euros in Germany, nearly 5,000 euros more than the “standard” GLC, for the 220d 4Matic version – which comes with 2.1-liter turbo diesel linked to the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission.