Mercedes-Benz says it has now built 50 million vehicles since starting production some 75 years ago, with the milestone vehicle taking the form of a new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

The figure of 50 million includes vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands.

Interestingly, Mercedes says the milestone vehicle is actually the very first new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class to officially roll off the production line at the upgraded Sindelfingen plant.

“Mercedes-Benz has always been synonymous with luxury. That’s why I’m very proud of this very special production anniversary: 50 million vehicles produced is a significant milestone in the history of our company, and an exceptional achievement by the team,” said Jörg Burzer, member of the board responsible for production and supply chain.

“I would like to thank the colleagues in the plants around the world for their work and their commitment. Their expertise and passion in the production of our stars make the wishes of customers all over the world come true day after day,” he added.

The German firm says its global production network is currently focusing on the implementation of its “electric mobility offensive”. By 2022, six new Mercedes-EQ models are expected to have been integrated in running series production operations.

The automaker’s East London factory here in South Africa, meanwhile, is gearing up to start production of the soon-to-be-revealed W206-generation C-Class sedan...