Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today launched its seven-seater sports utility vehicle GL 63 AMG in India with a price tag of Rs 1.66 crore (ex-showroom Mumbai).
With this, the German high-end carmaker, which unveiled the AMG range for the first time in India, has introduced its fourth model so far this year in one of the fastest-growing auto markets in the world.
The company plans to roll out 10 products by December, Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Eberhard Kern told reporters after the launch here.
"The GL 63 AMG is one of the most revolutionary products to come from Mercedes-Benz. This is the perfect car for our customers and enthusiasts, who are passionate about performance driving and want an adrenaline gushing experience from their cars," Kern said.
Stating that the company posted a 32 per cent growth in volumes in 2013, Kern said, "Sales in the January-March period grew by 27.12 per cent to 2,554 units."
The German firm had reported a 31.62 per cent increase in sales in 2013 at 9,003 units as against 6,840 in 2012.
"We are confident of achieving double-digit growth this year as well. Our best-selling products remain the C-Class and new E-Class but other models, including GL 63 AMG, will also contribute significantly in volume growth," he said.
Kern said the process of doubling capacity at the Chakan plant in Pune is almost complete.
"More vehicles will be produced locally. However, there are no plans to produce GL 63 AMG locally at this stage," he said.
The Mercedes-Benz India product portfolio comprises the locally produced S, E, C, GL and M-Class models. Completely built imported cars include the A, CLS and SLK-Class and the luxury tourer B-Class and luxury SUV GL 63 AMG.
The company sells these models through 54 dealerships in 35 Indian cities.