Mercedes Benz has reduced prices of GL Class by INR 2 lakhs and it is now available for INR 72 lakhs while its C Class C220 Ava grand edition will now be priced at INR 39.35 lakhs as against an earlier price of INR 39.90 lakhs. E Class – E 250 CDI prices too have been reduced from an earlier price of INR 47.66 lakhs to INR 46.90 lakhs.
Audi India is also quick to follow suit to reduce prices with a reduction of INR 3.82 lakhs where their Q7 premium SUV is concerned. The base version of Q7 will now sell at INR 58.34 lakhs, INR 2.84 lakh lower than before while Q5 SUV prices are also reduced to INR 45.72 lakhs, INR 2.22 lakhs than its previous price tag. The A4 sedan price sees an INR 72,000 price cut coming in at INR 29.85 lakhs while their higher trim will see a price cut of INR 90,000 to bring prices down to INR 37.04 lakhs.
P C Chidambaram has announced reduction in Excise Duty from an earlier of 12% to 8% for small cars, scooters, motorcycles and commercial vehicles while for SUVs Excise Duty is down from 30% to 24%. Medium sized cars now come with a 4% reduction in Excise Duty from 24% to 20% while duty on large cars now stands at 24% as against an earlier 27%. These reduced rates will be applicable till June 20, 2014.