Staff Reporter

Indian arm to take a decision on commercial vehicle plant soon

HYDERABAD: Fortified by several launches in the `S' and `M' class of cars, DaimlerChrysler India will very soon take a decision on a commercial vehicle plant in the country.

This was announced by company MD and CEO Wilfried Aulbur at a brand show of its entire fleet of luxury Mercedes-Benz cars held in Hyderabad on Saturday.

`S' and `M' class apart, he unveiled other models in the `E' and `C' class in the presence of Director, Sales and Marketing Sanjiv Sahajwala.

On brand performance, he said having sold 2,000 cars in the last fiscal, with the South accounting for 25 per cent of sales, the company was working towards a stronger sales outlook and a more prominent footprint.

Thus from their traditional presence in metros and cities, DaimlerChrysler was expanding marketing presence with 24 dealers including tier II cities Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore, Madurai and Mysore, he said.

The `C' and `S' Class were a hit with young, successful professionals, specially in the IT sector, followed by entrepreneurs, he said.

The brand show featured a debutante S-Class, E-Class and ever popular C-Class as well as the completely built imported range of SLK-Class, CLS-Class, M-Class and a stately Maybach which comes a price tag of about Rs. 6 crores. The company had sold six Maybach in India, Dr. Aulber said.