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India Duties Force Foreign Automakers To Increase Prices

With New Delhi’s impending increase in customs duties for locally-assembled luxury cars, customers in the Indian sub-continent will soon have to pay significantly more to drive home the luxury cars that the increasingly affluent middle class covets. Customs taxes on foreign cars are being increased to 30% from the previous 10%. Admits Peter Honegg, CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, “We are looking at increasing prices for one of our major models in the next few weeks. We would be paying high tax on one of our cars with a high proportion of pre-assembled components. The new policy regulation has forced us to bring in new prices soon.” Aside from Mercedes, Audi,… Continue Reading »

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Small Car in the Works for India, Potential Daimler-Renault-Nissan Project

If you’re looking for the first real collaborative product out of the Nissan-Renault-Daimler partnership, you might have to look over at India, where the trio of large automakers are aiming to launch a small car for the hot market in that Asian country. The small car project currently operates under the nickname Project Edison. Given the proximity of the Chennai-based Daimler truck plant to the car and LCV facility of Renault-Nissan, it’s really a very viable project and the collaboration won’t be such an inconvenience. “We have worked very closely with Renault over the past year and if we are able to develop something suitable for the market, then India… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Aims For Top Spot In India By Yearend

Acknowledging that it does not control the top spot in terms of cars sales in India, Mercedes-Benz has declared that it may again do so by the end of the year. Stating that overall car sales went up over 30 per cent last year, Dieter Zetsche Mercedes Benz chairman added that “I’m proud to say that our sales force in India performed even better in 2010 and increased our sales here by as much as 80 per cent.” BMW has been the acknowledged leader for the past years in India but Mercedes’ optimism is grounded in fact. Current market conditions are predicting upticks in sales and in January of this… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Launches BharatBenz Trucks In India

It seems that Mercedes’ parent company Daimler is looking at India with new vigor. Following its relaunch of the Maybach ultraluxury brand and the introduction of the G-Class with the AMG G55, Daimler has launched an excusive brand of trucks labeled BharatBenz for the Indian market. Says Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, “We are sending a clear message with our new truck brand: Daimler is at home in India. Our BharatBenz trucks are the right combination of Daimler’s DNA and India’s market know-how. These trucks will be developed and built in India, for India, and by specialist employees from India.” Bharat means India in… Continue Reading »

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Merc, 3 Others Struggling to Meet Luxury Car Demand in India

It’s no secret that the Indian luxury car market is coming up, thanks mainly to such a high demand. If you’ve got mass orders from entire middle-class communities, I’d say that’s a pretty good market. But perhaps demand is getting too high for luxury car manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, who are struggling to keep in pace with consumer demand. It has been reported that deliveries are lagging by an average of 3 to 4 months—that’s how long one has to wait for the prized automobile to arrive. The same holds true for other luxury automakers that have set up in the country: Audi, BMW and Porsche. That’s why Benz and… Continue Reading »

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Indian City Places Bulk Order for 150 Mercedes-Benz Luxury Cars

Here’s a news clip that might just inspire you to get a Mercedes this holiday season. After all, if a group of guys can work together to purchase 150 Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles, then why can’t we all? Of course, it’s going to take a lot of friends to be able to pull off what some people in the small Indian b-town of Aurangabad just did. The town, which is currently thriving as a manufacturing center for many industries such as electronics, cars and pharmaceuticals, is the source of a bulk order for no less than 150 Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles—a stunt that some of the townspeople said would put their city… Continue Reading »

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New plant in India to make high-end city buses

Ever been to India? It’s a beautiful country with a beautiful mixture of British and Indian cultures. And now, with Mercedes-Benz entering the foray, it’s even more astounding. Mercedes-Benz India recently started constructing a new facility to house body manufacturing of its city buses. What used to be a foundation plant in Chakan, whose founder is none other than Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and Chief Executive Office Wilfred Aulbur, will now be assisted in the production of city buses by this new facility in Pune. Right now, there is a huge market for high-end town buses, figuring at around 500 units per year. This is already expected to grow about… Continue Reading »

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