Mercedes-Benz to Launch Four New Electric Vehicles in India Soon

German luxurious carmaker Mercedes-Benz plans to launch 4 new electrical automobiles in India within the subsequent 8-12 months to speed up its electrical mobility drive, Mercedes-Benz AG Head of Area Abroad Matthias Luehrs stated on Thursday.

The corporate expects 25 p.c of its whole gross sales in India to come back from electrical automobiles in India by 2027.

“We’re very pleased with the event of our EVs (electrical automobiles) right here within the Indian market with (fashions comparable to) the EQS and the EQB. We’ll have 4 extra automobiles coming in,” Luehrs instructed reporters right here in an interplay.

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The corporate presently sells 4 luxurious electrical automobile fashions — EQS, EQB, EQC and EQS AMG – within the Indian market.

On the gross sales expectation from the EV portfolio in India, Luehrs stated, “We can have 25 per cent (of whole gross sales), that’s our planning assumption, of electrical automobiles within the subsequent 4 years.” At current, gross sales of EVs account for round 3 per cent of the corporate’s whole gross sales in India.

Final yr, Mercedes-Benz India posted a 41 p.c progress in its whole gross sales with a file 15,822 items as in comparison with 11,242 items bought a yr in the past. Its earlier greatest gross sales had been achieved in 2018 at 15,583 items.

On being requested when the brand new 4 EV fashions can be launched, Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO Santosh Iyer stated it could be within the subsequent 8-12 months, as a mixture of import of utterly constructed items and import of utterly knocked down items assembled on the firm’s Chakan plant.

By way of the potential of the market right here, Luehrs stated, at current, India is the fifth largest market within the “abroad” area — which includes 120 markets apart from Germany, the US, UK and China — for Mercedes-Benz. South Korea, Japan, Australia and Turkey are forward of India within the firm’s rankings within the abroad markets.

It is likely to be attainable for India to grow to be the fourth within the subsequent two years, he stated when requested if India can transfer up the ladder.

“The elements which make us very optimistic is that we now have seen a giant change within the construction of shoppers in India,” Luehrs stated on firm being bullish on India.

At present, the typical age of the consumers of the corporate’s prime finish sedan S Class is 38 years and that of C Class mannequin is 35 years “that’s 10 years youthful than 10 years in the past… and we see a 15 per cent feminine buyer share, which is 10 per cent greater than 10 years in the past”, he stated, including that the purchasers in India had been additionally very fast and eager to undertake new applied sciences that the corporate presents.

Requested if excessive taxation is hampering the expansion of the posh automobile market in India, Luehrs stated, “Generally, any tax that’s going increased prevents from promoting extra automobiles or items however that’s the conventional equation.” Whereas completely different markets within the globe can’t be in contrast as they’ve their very own peculiarities, he stated, “However clearly, when you have one market with much less taxes, then you’ll promote extra automobiles. That’s very apparent. That’s the case within the US. That’s the case in Europe, that’s the case in China. Due to this fact, clearly, when you have extra taxes then the area of interest turns into smaller.” When requested concerning the impression of regulatory challenges, he stated, “I can solely say we (have) operated (globally) since 100 years and in all types of markets, and rules go, and alter up and down and sideways in all places. Additionally, in Germany, additionally in India, in China, additionally within the US, and we adapt to it. That’s why we’re a number one luxurious firm within the automotive market.

So we simply adapt to the rules and a few rules are extra helpful than the others.” When a brand new regulation comes up within the first occasion it’s a new impediment, a brand new problem, he stated, including that “and we handle the problem. We now have concepts how one can handle that. For one or two months, clearly slowing down the method if you wish to, however then afterwards, we handle, we now have new suppliers, and we’ll handle them.” On whether or not some extra predictability would assist plan enterprise higher, Luehrs stated it’s not distinctive to the Indian market however is a global subject. “Whereas doing enterprise with extra lead time you’ll be able to adapt simpler to any new rules,” he stated.

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