Launch price Rs 45.64 lakhs for Mercedes Benz ML250 diesel SUV in India
Mercedes Benz India announced the launch of their new SUV, the M Class 250 CDI, at a launch price of Rs 45.64 lakhs, ex-showroom, Pune,…
Mercedes Benz India, the multinational division of Daimler AG has also announced to start assembly of their luxury sports utility vehicles in India. The new ML250 CDI thus becomes the first ever M Class SUV to be offered from a local production outside Mercedes Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, USA. Apart from this, Mercedes Benz will also start local production of the ML350 and GL Clas within the next few months.
Mercedes Benz M Class and GL Class will be assembled in India while the company will also start assembly operations in Thailand and Indonesia. Mercedes Benz has also started proceedings for finalization of production sites in these three regions. This will be the first time that Mercedes Benz is conducting assembly operations of SUV models outside their parent plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Once production operations of the M Class in India, Thailand and Indonesia commence first units of the new GL Class will also be produced from semi knocked down kits in India and Indonesia from 2013 onwards. Mercedes Benz currently assembles their C, E, and S Class from their plant at Chakan near Pune, India. Vehicles assembled from semi knocked down kits will attract less import duties and this will go a long way in maintaining competitive pricing of Mercedes Benz SUVs.