Daimler Plans To Launch Merc Trucks By Year-end

Pune, Feb 25: | Updated: Feb 26 2004, 05:30am hrs
The three pointed star will now sit on the truck bonnet as it criss-crosses the country on its inter-state highways. DaimlerChrysler India Private Limited is looking at a year-end launch of its trucks. Also on the anvil are the Mercedes Benz buses for which the company is studying the market.

The company has shortlisted the Actros for its Indian debut. Two variants of the Actros model has been sent for homologation at the Automotive Research Association of India, Hans-Michael Huber, MD and CEO, DCIL, said. These trucks variants, a tipper and a trailer, will be in the 40 tonne range targeting the large volume long-distance haulage segment. "One Actros is capable of doing what two ordinary truck with four drivers, a lot of wear and tear and higher fuel consumption will do," he said.

...Plans To Up Targets On Rising Demand
While the debate on whether India is shining rages there is one company that admits that for them it is really shining. DaimlerChrysler India Private Limited (DCIL) says it will up its growth targets as demand picks up and more Mercs roll out of its assembly line. The company sold 1,580 units last calendar year. This year, going by February 2004 figures, DaimlerChrysler is looking at 1,800 plus units, says Hans-Michael Huber, MD and CEO of DCIL said.