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.
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.
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.