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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Demand High, Sindelfingen Boosting Output


The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a desirable car. So desirable, in fact, that Mercedes can't make enough of them at its current pace.

The Sindelfingen, Germany assembly plant that builds the S-Class will add 74 minutes per shift in 2014 to keep up with demand, Bloomberg reports.

It's not surprising that the S-Class is making German factory workers sweat a little harder. Mercedes' recently-redesigned flagship is loaded with technology, all packaged in a highly-refined way.

Standout features include "Magic Body Control," which uses the car's many sensors to scan the road ahead and preemptively adjust the suspension to cope with whatever it finds, a suite of electronic driver aids that almost allow the S-Class to drive itself, and a perfume dispenser.

The S-Class you're most likely to see at the local country club is the 2014 S550, which starts at $93,825 and features a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8 with 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive adds $3,000 to the base price.

If that's not enough, the 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic packs a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 with 577 hp and 664 lb-ft for $140,425. All prices include destination.

Meanwhile, Mercedes' Bremen plant also added 10 shifts for November and this month to build the GLK-Class and C-Class, which is currently Mercedes' best-selling sedan. How many shifts will the bosses have to add when the redesigned 2015 C-Class arrives?

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