The 2014 Mercedes S-Class has gone into production at the company's plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.

The 2014 Mercedes S-Class has gone into production at the company's plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.

In order to accommodate the redesigned model, Mercedes invested roughly €1 ($1.3) billion into the plant. This included a €350 ($466) million upgrade to the body shop, a €130 ($173) million improvement to the press shop and €70 ($93) million worth of improvements to the assembly line. Employees were also put through an extensive training program to familiarize themselves with the new equipment and assembly process.

According to Dr Willi Reiss, the head of the Sindelfingen plant, "All of us here at Sindelfingen are enormously proud that the S-Class is made exclusively at our plant. We are able to draw on many years of experience making vehicles in the high-end, luxury class, and we do our best every day for our customers from around the world. In order to meet demand for the new S-Class in the quickest time possible, we will be working without a break right through the summer months."

In related news, Mercedes confirmed there will be "three new models in addition to the short-wheelbase and extended wheelbase variants and the S-Class coupe." This is notable because it specifically mentions the S-Class Coupe name and confirms there will be another variant besides the convertible and Pullman.

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2014 Mercedes S-Class enters production, company confirms plans for six variants