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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.

Professor Zimbardo visited Kecskemét

World-famous social psychology professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who is also the co-founder of the initiative “Heroes’ Square”, gave a lecture to the employees of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét. The initiative “Heroes’ Square” launched from San Francisco with the objective of getting more and more people do more and more often for others, emphasizing the need for everyday heroism. The Mercedes-Benz plant, as one of the largest companies in Hungary, has been, since the very beginning, supporting local and regional initiatives that make value and inspire people to lead a healthy lifestyle. The team of nearly 4000 people in Kecskemét established active volunteering relationships with organizations and institutes that serve public purposes. Director of human resources of the Mercedes-Benz plant Mr. László Ács pointed it out that they wish to form an employees’ community whose members actively participate in taking care of each others’ needs and providing support for others.

Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. achieved a record production result in the year 2015

With more than 180,000 cars produced in the year 2015 Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét achieved an increase of 20% in the production, which is certainly a record result. The net income reached a record amount of approx. EUR 3,4 billion, which is a 0,6 billion increase compared to the income of EUR 2,8 billion from the previous year. The plant in Kecskemét is a significant pillar in the flexible and effective production network of compact cars. Cars that are manufactured here are shipped to every country in the world and this is clearly shown in the business result of the year 2015. Mercedes-Benz will invest the result of over EUR 65 million reached in the year 2015 back in the development of the plant in Kecskemét.

A unique apartment rental program was launched in Kecskemét

The Mercedes-Benz plant provided forty apartments for its employees that they can rent for a discounted fee. The company launched the unique apartment rental program working together with the city of Kecskemét and KIK-FOR Kft. The innovative model was established also as a means of motivation for employees. The prototype of the dual higher education system came into being at the Mercedes-Benz plant, along with the apartment rental program the company wishes to be a path-breaker in this respect as well.

Employees of the Mercedes-Benz plant picked garbage this year, too

Employees of the Mercedes-Benz plant took part in the “PickItUp” - Volunteers for a Cleaner Hungary campaign this year again. Upon the initiative of factory employees, more than eighty volunteers collected 300 bags of garbage and 60 cubic meters of waste stored in containers in the Homokbánya district of Kecskemét, where the apartment rentals for plant workers are located as well.

Further innovation at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét

"Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. will produce new generation compact cars as well. Daimler AG will invest HUF 185 billion until 2018 in the development of technology and the expansion of its production capacity. In addition to the construction of a new body shop, new effective and innovative equipment will also be installed at the plant.
The Kecskemét plant is already a significant pillar in the production network of compact cars, the development will further strengthen its role. Minister of Foreign Economy and Affairs Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Mayoress of Kecskemét Mrs. Klaudia Pataki Szemereyné and leading representatives of Mercedes-Benz attended the event of the ceremonious laying of the new body shop foundation stone on April 29th, 2016."