Most Mercedes models in India have a waiting period of several months, but the company expects the current situation to improve, even if demand continues to rise.
Mercedes-Benz India continued to dominate the luxury vehicle landscape in the country, saying on Monday it had delivered 3,551 units for its best ever Q2. Encouraged by the launch of the new C-Class, Mercedes also noted the continued response for the new S-Class, GLA, GLC and GLE for their contribution to the 7,573 units in the first six months of the year.
Mercedes-Benz India has been on a product launch offensive in recent years, deploying both its SUVs and sedans to pave the way forward. Of all the models in its product portfolio, the long-wheelbase version of the E-Class remains the bestseller and leads the entire portfolio. Among SUVs, the GLC dominates, followed by the GLA.
But while the sales figures clearly point to healthy demand for luxury vehicles in the Indian car market, the challenges remain. The supply chain problem in particular is pervasive and Mercedes once again underlines its regret to customers who may have had to wait a long period of time for their purchases to find a place in their respective garage. “While we expect the semiconductor shortage to continue in the coming months, our commitment remains to scale up our production and deliver the cars to customers and reduce waiting time,” said Martin Schwenk, MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz. Benz India. “We have a solid order bank of over 6000+ cars, which makes our market outlook very positive.”
|Estimated waiting time for Mercedes models in India|
|A-Class Limousine||2-3 months|
|S-Class Maybach S 580||4-5 months|
|Retail sales figures
May vary from region to region in India
Schwenk also pointed to a positive outlook for Q3 and emphasized that Mercedes will continue to update its product portfolio. “Q3 will be very exciting as we will line up some of the most anticipated Mercedes-Benz models from our global portfolio for our Indian customers, creating a completely new benchmark,” he said.
Date of first publication: July 11, 2022, 15:33 IST