Mercedes beats BMW, Audi for 4th straight 12 months, Auto Information, East Auto Information
Kolkata: Mercedes-Benz India stayed within the lead forward of German rivals BMW and Audi within the excessive stakes luxurious automobile market in India, repeating the feat for the fourth 12 months in a row. Whereas BMW completed second, Audi that had set the Indian roads ablaze earlier than Mercedes made the comeback completed third. In what was a tough 12 months for car firms, Mercedes-Benz managed a modest 1.4% progress to report 15,538 items offered in 2018 towards 15,330 items in 2017. Whereas the corporate claimed the mainstay fashions in its portfolio comprising the sedans had maintained the momentum, it was SUVs that continued to drive the volumes.
BMW, whose gross sales incude the Mini model, recorded 11,105 deliveries to clients in 2018, up from 9,800-odd items the earlier 12 months. Of those, Mini comprised 700 items. BMW Motorrad additionally offered 2,187 bikes within the first full 12 months of operation.
Audi that trailed behind the 2 recorded 6,463 deliveries in the course of the 12 months, up from 7,876 items. The corporate stated its gross sales had been adversely impacted because of the closure of its vendor in Delhi NCR that contributes to its highest gross sales.
Mercedes-Benz encountered no such issues and rode on the success of E-Class with an extended wheelbase, the very best promoting automobile with the Tristar badge. In SUV, GLC was the highest vendor whereas G63 continued to be the favored AMG in India.In 2019, the corporate has lined up 10 new fashions together with the V-Class luxurious MPV. The V-Class will mark a return to the MPV section for Mercedes-Benz that used to promote the now defunct R-Class MPV within the early 2000s. One other key necessary launch would be the new GLE SUV, other than the brand new C-Class coupe and new A-Class hatchback.
“This 12 months goes to be an necessary one for Mercedes-Benz India, as we attain the milestone of 25 years in India,” stated Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Martin Schwenk, revealing the ‘Finest By no means Relaxation’ motto for the 12 months.
At BMW, gross sales had been pushed by the 5 sequence and 6 sequence Gran Turismo whereas the domestically produced ‘sports activities exercise automobile’ vary, together with the X1, X3 and X5 contributing to 50% of its gross sales.
Audi plans to introduce the A8 and R8 in 2019. The Audi e-tron that was launched globally can be anticipated to make it to India later this 12 months.