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May 27, 2008

Mercedes-Benz celebrates Mannheim's 100th birthday

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the 100th anniversary since the opening of the Mannheim plant.

The official opening of the plant took place on October 12th 1908 and since then the plant has been producing generations of Mercedes-Benz cars.

Located on the slopes of the Luzenburg in the suburbs on Mannheim-Waldhof, the plant took two years to build after the land was purchased by Benz and Cie.

Albert Speer was the architect behind the 35,000 square metre plant that produced the first ever Benz passenger cars and the later Mercedes-Benz models.

Mannheim has historically been the home of many Mercedes-Benz innovations and the town goes back even further than the building of the iconic plant.

In 1879 Mannheim was where Carl Benz developed his two-stroke gas engine.

This important piece of engineering was to provide the inspirations to the development of the modern automobile in 1886.

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