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The Mercedes-Benz plant organized the running race for the 7th time

This year was the 7th time the Mercedes-Benz plant organized the running race, which now traditionally promotes a healthy lifestyle, sports, and togetherness. The plant donated HUF 500 after every participant to the race to the Foundation “Together for Children living with Cancer”. Due to the high number of participants, the company finally doubled the amount raised for the cause and donated HUF 1.213,000.

Mercedes-Benz in Hungary had a record year in 2016

"Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. had an outstandingly successful previous year, with the production of as many as 190,000 cars in Kecskemét, which is a 3,8% increase compared to the figure from the year before. The income of the company with the surplus above EUR 3,4 billion exceeds the rate in the year 2015. As an employer and company, the corporation paid taxes and duties in the value of EUR 24 million to the Hungarian state and the local government of Kecskemét.

In 2016 the management made decisions about several important investments as well, including the expansion of the present plant and the construction of a new, second factory, too. Thanks to the EUR 580 million investment the new, modern body shop hall will be ready in 2018. With the construction of the second plant, Mercedes-Benz will create 2500 new jobs in Hungary. Mercedes-Benz Hungary Kft. achieved a very successful year as well in 2016 with its turnover of nearly HUF 80 billion it saw an increase of 30% in comparison to the year 2015."

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét donated fire extinguishing equipment in HUF 8 million value

Since it began operating, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét has been supporting initiatives that take part in socially important matters, so it has been providing funds for the organization for catastrophe protection for several years. The company has raised an amount of more than HUF 8 million to purchase equipment as a donation for the Firefighters’ Association of Bács-Kiskun County. The donation from the Establishment Fire Brigade of the plant, in addition to the purchased equipment, will also provide complete individual protection sets for thirty firefighters. Managing Director for Technical Matters of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. Mr. Tamás Kovács presented the donation to András Kristóf, President of the Firefighters’ Association of Bács-Kiskun County.

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét introduced four trades to girls considering career choices before graduation

"There was huge interest in the Girls’ Day program organized by the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét. The girls taking part in the program could learn about four trades in an entertaining and fun way:
• Car body preparation and coating technician
• Car mechatronics technician
• Mechatronics maintenance
• Toolmaking
The Mercedes-Benz plant is determined to increase the number of female colleagues on the staff. Not only the highest standard technology but also well trained and motivated female colleagues are indispensable to the company’s success.

Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. decided to launch the dual training program five years ago, and since that time it has been collaborating with the Kálmán Kandó Kecskemét Trade Training Center and the András Gáspár Vocational Secondary School and Technical High School."

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét welcomed the 50,000th visitor

There is huge interest in factory tours, the plant welcomed its 50,000th visitor, Mr. József Szolda. When taking part in a tour, visitors can live through how Mercedes-Benz cars are manufactured by means of the most modern technology. They can learn about the production processes of not only the B-Class but of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake models, which are made only and exclusively in Kecskemét. Plant tours include visiting the press shop, the body shop and the assembly as well. Those interested can register for a tour in Hungarian, English, and German languages as well.

3000 Mercedes-Benz colleagues, guests and their families cheered for the team at the DTM Run in 2016

More than 3,000 fans cheered on 25th September at the German tour car championship, known as DTM, for the Mercedes-Benz team members next to the Hungaroring field in Mogyoród, Hungary. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét provided the possibility to be there to get an unforgettable experience for as many as 900 of its employees, their family members, and friends. Managing director of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. Mr. Christian Wolff remembers the event with these words: “I never before had a chance to live through an event so enchanting, so full of team spirit and the sense of togetherness, despite the fact that I took part in team building programs in many places all over Europe. The community of the Mercedes-Benz plant created a wonderful atmosphere on the terraces and ardently encouraged the Mercedes racers.”

Introduction of cars from the future in Kecskemét

The center of Kecskemét turned into a very exciting scene again as the location of programs on the European Mobility Week and Car-free Day. The solutions from the future were represented by one of the world’s best known electric cars the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, whose value is double of the present Forma-1 Safety Car. In addition to the SLS AMG Electric Drive, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive model and the electric B-Class were also there at the event. A few of these cars have been used as “green taxis” on the site of the plant for over a year. For kindergarten children and pupils, the Mercedes-Benz plant organized traffic safety events with the help of the MobileKids (MoKi) program. Children could meet the program logo figure MoKi and solved playful tests and quizzes related to traffic safety for smaller gifts.

Car-free day in Kecskemét

Hungary has been organizing the European Mobility Week and Car-free Day for fifteen years from 16th to 22nd in September. This year people could visit events and presentations of more than 30 trade and civic organizations on Kossuth Square, Kecskemét. Experts from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét presented the working principle of cars from the future, three models were even brought to Kecskemét: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and one of the electric B-Classes that have been used as “green taxis” on the site of the plant for over a year. The plant will bring the MobileKids program to the event this year again, which is to help prepare children for safe traffic and transportation.

Mercedes-Benz will build a second plant in Kecskemét

Mercedes-Benz will build its second plant in Kecskemét, where the production of both front- and rear-wheel-drive layout cars as well as of alternative powered models will be possible in the spirit of Industry 4.0. Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. will create 2500 new jobs at the new plant, a lot more in the suppliers’ line and in factories working in Germany. “In the next few years, we are planning an EUR 1 billion investment on our factory site in Kecskemét. As a result of the investment a very effective, state-of-the-art production facility will be established with the newest technology, where within the flexible production system cars of various engineering architecture and power option models will roll off the assembly line. Thus our production capacity will increase and we can react to market demands in a flexible and fast manner” - said Member of the Divisional Board responsible for the production and supply line of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Mr. Markus Schäfer.

The production of the face-lifted versions of Mercedes-Benz CLA and CLA Shooting Brake was commenced in Kecskemét

The Mercedes-Benz CLA and CLA Shooting Brake cars are made in Kecskemét for every market in the world. The new bumper, the black diamond-pattern cooling grill that is part of the standard equipment and the new light-metal hubcaps further strengthen the sporty and expressive appearance of the face-lifted CLA and CLA Shooting Brake models. The interior got enriched by a number of new details and elements, such as the new seat covers and decorative items as well as the chromed control panel parts. The state-of-the-art LED lights, Hands-Free Access (opening up the trunk without having to use the hands) and the extended usage possibilities of smartphones increase safety and comfort to a great extent. The CLA 180 d Blue EFFICIENCY Edition with its 80kW (109 horsepower) performance and 89 g/km CO2 emission rate is the new champion of effectiveness. The CLA 45 4MATIC AMG coupé and the Shooting Brake models became even more dynamic in their appearance and the space inside them provides high-quality sensation: with the maximum performance of 280kW (381 horsepower) and 475 Nm torque, these models are among the top-of-the-line cars in their category.