Will stop selling BS-IV vehicles in few weeks: Mercedes-Benz India
The company, which on Tuesday launched BS-VI version of its premium SUV GLC with a starting price of Rs 52.56 lakh (ex-showroom all India), said it has already stopped wholesales of BS-IV vehicles."We have stopped production of BS-IV already since a couple of weeks...Basically we have no wholesales (of BS-IV stock). We have in the retail network still some cars but they will follow natural sales process in the next couple of weeks," Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO Martin Schwenk said here in an interaction.
When asked about the market condition, he said there is visible improvement in consumer sentiments in the second part of the year 2019."The (current) mood is good which was not the case six months ago. The network feels we have good strength at the moment. We are confident because of the products we are offering," he said. While there was lot of hesitation in the first half of the year, dealers and customers are "not nervous" now, Schwenk said.
Factors such as elections, push for electric vehicles and confusion due to BS-VI transition from BS-IV had played part in sales slowdown in the first half, he said, adding that the steps taken by the government to boost the economy, specially auto sector, had an impact in uplifting sales in the second half.
He, however, said the company's sales in 2019 will be lower than in 2018, when it sold 15,538 units, as the first "half of the year (2019) was weaker than 2018 and we cannot balance it out in the last few weeks".Commenting on the latest generation of the GLC, Schwenk said, "The launch of the new GLC reiterates our product offensive for the Indian market."
Stating that GLC is one of Mercedes-Benz India's highest selling SUVs, having sold over 7,000 units since its debut, he said the launch of the latest generation GLC "also marks the introduction of the next generation of MBUX with the aim to improve driver's interaction with the various systems in the car".
The vehicle will be available in both petrol and diesel engine options.
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