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Mercedes GLA enters local production at Chakan plant Phase II

Mercedes GLA local assembly India

Mercedes-Benz India Ltd. has inaugurated its extended assembly plant at Chakan near Pune. The inauguration also marked commencement of Mercedes GLA’s local assembly.

Mercedes GLA is the first compact model based on MFA platform to be built in India. The new expanded facility now carries an investment of over INR 1,000 crores and has an installed annual production capacity of 20,000 units. Both these figures are highest for a luxury manufacturer in India.

Mercedes GLA local assembly India

Talking at the inauguration, Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, MBIL, stated that GLA is first of the new gen Mercs to be rolling out of the facility. He also added that the new facility not only makes Mercedes future ready but also gives a competitive advantage over its rivals in Indian market.

Mercedes will be assembling the GLA 200 CDI diesel variant at the Chakan facility. The premium compact crossover is capable of 136 bhp and 300 Nm of torque. Launched last year, GLA quickly rose to become one of the most important volume spinners for the brand in India.

Mercedes Benz India new plant Phase II

New production facility within the Chakan plant is equipped with synchronized conveyors systems and latest generation PLC control units for all equipment which makes them flexible enough to assemble different models in common assembly line. Other noteworthy technologies incorporated in the plant includes EMS-Transfer, latest controllers, X-Road Dynamic Testing and programming, frequency controlled measurements and shower testing cabin.

Mercedes-Benz India’s expanded Chakan facility would eventually start producing other volume oriented compact models like A Class, B Class and CLA.


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Pearl Daniels

Pearl Daniels

Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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