Mercedes-Benz To Locally Assemble AMG Cars In India
The performance cars will be made at Chakan and the first car to roll-out from the factory will be the AMG GLC 43 Coupe.
Mercedes-AMG India has announced that assembly of its performance cars will now take place locally in the country.
With this, the firm claims, Mercedes becomes the first manufacturer to localise performance cars in the country and adds that it highlights deepening of the firm’s commitment to the Indian market.
Also, the commencement of Mercedes-AMG Cars India assembly, the German carmaker says, underlines the capability of the world-class production facility it has in the country and also its growth story.
The first model to be assembled in India would be the AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe and it will be manufactured at the Chakan facility, where Benz also makes about 10 CKD models at present.
Current Indian AMG portfolio comprises cars of various body shapes and they are – the C 43 4MATIC Coupe, GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe, C 63 Coupe, G 63, GT 4‑Door Coupe and the GT R.
Most recent AMG model to be launched in our country was the GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe that is priced at Rs. 1.20 crores (ex-showroom). It is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine that works with a 48 V mild-hybrid system.
This development will first of all, reduce the cost of purchasing and potentially owning an AMG product in India. Further, this shows how much the country and the performance car market have grown over the recent years.
Another important aspect to be noted is that the local assembly of performance cars by Mercedes might prompt other manufacturers to do the same.