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Mercedes-Benz launches petrol GLS400 4MATIC at Rs 82.90 lakh

NEW DELHI, Sept 7: After giving a long fight against the diesel ban in the Delhi-NCR, German luxury carmaker Mercedes- Benz on Wednesday brought a petrol version of its premium SUV GLS400 4MATIC priced at Rs 82.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). This completes Mercedes-Benz’s offering petrol option along with diesel variants for all the models that it sells in India.

The GLS400 4MATIC petrol, powered by a V6 engine has been launched in just three months of the introduction of the diesel variant, underlining Mercedes-Benz India’s strategy of introducing the best products from the global portfolio in the shortest possible time, the company said in a statement.

“The introduction of the GLS 400 4MATIC is a strategic move as it gives the customers the flexibility to choose between the petrol and the diesel variants of their popular SUV,” Mercedes-Benz India MD?and CEO Roland Folger said.

He further said: “This is also the fifth SUV variant we introduced this year, further bolstering our SUV portfolio which remains the most comprehensive in the luxury car segment. Our SUV segment has seen the maximum growth for the past two years and we are confident that this trend will continue.”

On upcoming launches, Folger said: “We have five more products to be introduced in the coming months, including ones without any predecessor. With the upcoming festive season and a resurgence of customer sentiment, we have a positive outlook for the remainder of the year.”

In July, the company had stated that it would have petrol versions of all its models sold in India by September as it looks to tide over uncertainties over diesel vehicles in the wake of pollution concern and the eight-month ban imposed by the Supreme Court ban on over 2,000cc diesel cars in Delhi/NCR.

Toyota not in rush for more launches in India amid uncertain diesel policies

YOKOHAMA, Aug 30: Toyota Motor Corporation is switching gears in India cautiously as it plans to go step by step and not rush in to bringing more models to the country amid uncertain policies on diesel vehicles in India.

The company, which operates in India through a joint venture with the Kirloskar group, was among the worst hit by the Supreme Court ban on diesel cars and SUVs with engines of 2,000cc and above in Delhi-NCR that lasted for eight months since December last year.

“In India we have the emissions, the regulations... We understand it is important for the health of the people. We are trying to find an amicable solution for sustainable growth. That is why I say step by step,” Toyota Motor Corporation CEO Asia, Middle East and North Africa Region Hiroyuki Fukui said in Yokohama.

When asked about introduction of more models in India, he said : “We will try to focus more on India, to introduce more cars in India that fit Indian people. However, our resources are limited.

“We have so many tough competitors. We will try to go step by step to be accepted by Indian consumers.”

While terming India a very “significant market” for the company, Fukui, however said: “For India we need local production. We have lots of capacity but unfortunately because of so many things we have small production right now.”

The company’s Indian arm Toyota Kirloskar Motor has two manufacturing units in Bengaluru with a total annual capacity of 3.1 lakh. However, the capacity utilisation is only about 55%.

Sales of the company’s best selling multi purpose vehicle Innova and SUV Fortuner were hit following the ban on big diesel cars, and in Delhi-NCR market that account for around 7-8% of its total sales in India.

The company sold 47,114 passenger vehicle units in the country in the April-July period, up 1.6% from the same period of the previous fiscal.

Stating that Toyota would like to a be a “good citizen wherever we open”, he said: “India is one of the promising markets in Asia. Our production is only half used. We have huge potential.”



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