Mercedes Benz, the multinational division of Daimler AG has announced their decision to start assembly of the luxury sports utility vehicles in India. From now new M-Class 250 CDI local production begins, and the GL Class will also sees India assembly operations at a later date. Assembly operations are also undertaken in Egypt, and other South East Asian countries.
This will be the first time that Mercedes Benz is conducting assembly operations of SUV models outside their parent plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. After production operations of the M Class in India, 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. From January September 2012, 600+ units of the M Class have been sold in India. The SUV has a top speed of 210 km/h, and goes from 0-100 in 9 seconds, and is available for an Ex-Showroom Delhi price of RS. 46.50 lakhs.