By MT Bureau| Jan 13, 2022

Mercedes-Benz Plans to Produce Electric Sedan EQS in India

German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will start the local production of its all-electric luxury sedan EQS in India by the fourth quarter of this year.

Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “2022 will be another milestone year as we aim to lead the luxury EV segment by expanding our EV portfolio with the debut of the first-ever all-electric luxury sedan from Mercedes-Benz, the EQS. The EQS, designed to exceed all customer expectations, has already created a global benchmark as an all-electric futuristic luxury EV.”

“After pioneering the localisation of performance vehicles in India with the AMGs, we have decided to start the local production of the EQS, a step in the right direction for us towards mainstreaming luxury EVs. We are confident the start of local production of the EQS will be pivotal in driving the penetration of luxury EVs in the market, and reiterates our ambition to lead the luxury EV segment in the country firmly,” he added.

While addressing an e-press conference, Schwenk said Mercedes-Benz India has made a significant volume recovery by registering a 42.5 per cent increase in sales at 11,242 units in the January-December 2021 period, as against the sales for the same period in the previous year.

Sales volumes remained constricted by substantial challenges in the supply side triggered by the pandemic in the second quarter, while the semi-conductor shortage largely affected the entire deliveries in the quarter, the company said. The key volume drivers were the New A-Class Limousine, E-Class LWB, and S-Class luxury sedans and the New GLA, GLC, GLE and GLS SUVs in 2021.

Mercedes-Benz is also planning new launches, including new S-Class Maybach and EQS. (MT)

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