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Mercedes Benz has made it official: the 2011 C-Class Coupe is on its way. The German luxury automaker has announced it will build the two-door C-Class at its massive Bremen plant, with production scheduled to begin in 2011. The addition of the Coupe gives Mercedes Benz three different variants of the C-Class, with a convertible almost certainly to follow. The impressively flexible Bremen plant, which employs 12,600 workers, also makes the C-Class sedan, wagon, GLK, two E-Class variants, the SL and SLK.

With the C-Class Coupe officially on its way to production, we're more than a bit curious as to how Mercedes will differentiate the smaller Benz two-door from the larger, more expensive E-Class Coupe. See, the bi-door E-Class already utilizes the C-Class platform, and the more expensive E Coupe is almost identical in every dimension to the C-Class Saloon. But the E-Class coupe commands a price premium of $9,000 compared to a C-Class sedan with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine.

We suspect Mercedes will shorten the C-Class platform to better differentiate the C Coupe from the larger, more expensive E Coupe. But unlike the larger E Coupe, which is virtually the same price as sedan with the same name, the C Coupe may receive a bit of a price bump compared to its sedan brethren. It's a good bet that we'll know a lot of these answers by the time the Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the media in September. Hit the jump to read over the official press release.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]
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Mercedes-Benz plant Bremen: Bremen plant to produce additional model of the C Class model range as of 2011

Development as a competence centre: Bremen plant expanding production operations to include Coupé of the C-Class
New variant to be produced in addition to the C-Class Saloon, the C-Class Estate and the GLK as of 2011
Flexible production: Coupé to be produced with three existing models on a single line
Peter Schabert, Head of the Bremen plant: "Decision another milestone on our way to becoming the C-Class competence centre and a clear sign of trust in Bremen team's capabilities and standards."

Bremen - The Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen is gearing up for the production of a fourth model of the high-volume C-Class model range. As of 2011, a Coupé will be added to a flexible production line, which already produces the three existing models. This will be a new addition to Bremen's current production portfolio in the C-Class segment, comprising the Saloon, the Estate and the compact GLK sport utility vehicle (SUV).

"The decision by the Board of Management to produce the Coupé version of the current C-Class here in Bremen as well represents another important milestone on our way to becoming Mercedes' competence centre for the C-Class and is a clear sign of the trust in the Bremen team's capabilities and standards," says Peter Schabert, Head of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.

The Bremen plant is developed into the worldwide competence centre for the high-volume C-Class model series. Allocating production of the new Coupé to the plant is in keeping with this strategy. As announced in December 2009, the launch of the next generation of the C-Class at the plant as of 2014 will see production of the C-Class Saloon for markets in Europe concentrated at a single location together with the production of the other C-Class model variants.

Flexible production
The Bremen plant is already demonstrating the flexibility of its production operations by producing three models (C-Class Saloon, C-Class Estate and GLK) on a single assembly line. The vehicles are able to pass along the assembly line in any conceivable order precisely as customer orders require, irrespective of model, variant (right- or left-hand drive, all-wheel or rear-wheel drive) and equipment. From 2011 the Bremen plant will be integrating a fourth model into the production process in the guise of the Coupé, demonstrating the plant's flexibility once again.

Production portfolio of the Bremen plant

In addition to the models of the C-Class model series, vehicles belonging to the E-Class are also produced in Bremen, with the Coupé and Cabrio running in flexible configuration on a single production line. The roadsters of the SL- and SLK-Class are also produced exclusively in Bremen. With a workforce of around 12,600, the Mercedes-Benz plant is the largest private-sector employer in the region.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome awesome. Since MB said there wouldn't be an AMG version of the E-Class coupe, that made the CL63 the cheapest AMG coupe, at well over $100k. The C63 is an amazing car, but not everyone wants 4 doors. An AMG C-class coupe, which i assume will arrive, would be an perfect way to get that 63 moniker without spending 6 figures or getting 4 doors. Bye bye, M3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd totally rock a C63 AMG coupe. Especially if it got the latest higher power version of the V8 in the E-class AMG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmmmm. If they are making the C-coupe smaller than the current C-class sedan, would it be about the same size as a 1-series???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please make it sportier and much lighter than the current c-class. Also, I hope they make it look cool, not just like a c-class with two doors chopped off
      • 5 Years Ago
      About darn time. This one is going to miles better than that old c-lass cope that came out ion the early 2000's... Talk about an expensive rock.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better powertrains this time, please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      To want to compete against the A5 and 3 - series coupe, Mercedes better do a damn good job,
        • 5 Years Ago
        And rs5 and m3 and s5 and 335i... But they won't, at least not with the non amg iteration, go read autonlogs review of the e coupe. different target market than the Audi or BMW
        • 5 Years Ago
        E class different target group? The size is similar to the A5, power output is similar, the base A5 aint a road leech like the S5/RS5 is anyway.

        • 5 Years Ago
        but I thought the C class was more geared towards the younger age group?
        • 5 Years Ago
        MB can do whatever they want, because the target customers are different, they are not competing with Audi at all. Different age, different taste, and different income group.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was going to say "it looks just like the E-class"

      then I read the article.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sorry... its has to be said... bring the new estate with it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's hope it looks better than the E-class coupe. MBenz coupes always look a bit dowdy and down market compared to equivalent BMWs
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