VECV, Scania, Fiat and Mercedes Benz India growth
Scania won Prime Mover of the year in ‘the more than 40 tonnes GCW’ segment for their Scania R 500 6×4 heavy-duty puller. The VW Group company is investing Rs 2.5 billion in a Bengaluru industrial facility in 2013.
Sales estimates within the next 5 years are 2,000 trucks, 1,000 buses and 1,500 engines a year in the Indian market. At the end of the month, Scania Commercial Vehicles India is set to make some key announcements regarding their commercial vehicles growth parameters here.
VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV), a 50-50 jv between Volvo Group and Eicher Motors Limited won twice at the 4th edition Apollo CV India awards in Mumbai. The awards won are CV maker of the year, and Tipper of the year (Premium category) for the Volvo FM 480 10×4 dump truck.
On the growth front, Fiat has already signed agreements with dealers for top 35 cities in India today inaugurated their new Patiala showroom with Sandeep Autos. Armed with state of the art equipment to service Fiat cars, the new dealership takes forward FIAT Group Automobiles India Pvt. Ltd (FGAIPL) new strategy for rapid expansion of dealer network here. Earlier, Enrico Atanasio, MD of FIAT Group Automobiles India Pvt. Ltd had spoken about Fiat opening 70 new dealerships by 2013 March end, and another 30 showrooms across Tier II and Tier III cities before year end.
Mr. Enrico Atanasio, MD- FIAT Group Automobiles India Pvt. Ltd had this to say today, “FIAT India views Patiala as a very strategic market and the inauguration of an exclusive dealership is in accordance with our strategy to capitalise on this potential. We are confident that our association with Sandeep Autos will play a crucial role in identifying the customer base and enhancing customer experience in Patiala. With Sandeep Autos, we are associated with a partner who has close to 30 years of experience and market knowledge of the automobile trade”
Mr Gopal Krishan Puri Chairman, Sandeep Autos went on to say, “FIAT cars are prominent all over India for their performance and their aesthetic design. We are extremely proud to become exclusive dealers of FIAT Group Automobiles India Pvt. Ltd in Patiala and we are confident of replicating world class dealership experience and after sales service to the car buyers here”.
Mercedes-Benz India inaugurated T&T Motors in South Delhi, bringing to us the largest luxury car showroom. For the dealer, it marked the 15h anniversary of their MB association. The 60,000 sq ft store saw an investment of Rs 70 crores, and can display 26 car. With 90 sales personnel employed, there’s a dedicated floor for AMG vehicles and Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Owned car business, Proven Exclusivity.
Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India had this to say, “Mercedes-Benz’s driving force has been the quest for defining newer benchmarks for the luxury car segment in India, together with the commitment to create fascination and unparalleled levels of luxury for our discerning customers. The inauguration of the Flagship Store is a testimony to this fact. It personifies brand Mercedes. This Flagship Store is the largest luxury car showroom in India today, and underlines our passion and deep commitment in giving the ‘Best or Nothing’ experience to the customers.”
Ravi Talwar, Chairman, T&T Motors had this to say, “The Flagship Store of Mercedes-Benz is a glowing tribute to our esteemed customers and to the long standing association of T&T Motors and Mercedes-Benz brand. It signifies the immense customer confidence that T&T Group enjoys built on the solid foundation of strong market understanding and customer goodwill, which we have created over the last two decades. From a small show window at Connaught Place to the largest luxury car showroom in India, T&T Motors’ journey with Mercedes-Benz India has been momentous and we are committed to the brand and to our customers in creating fascinating experiences going forward. For T&T Motors it is an honour to be associated with the prestigious Three Pointed Star and I am extremely delighted to present the Flagship Store to our auto aficionados in Delhi NCR.”