Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has marked milestone sale of 10,000 trucks in exports. The company loaded its 10000th truck onto the ship at Kamarajar Port near Chennai within four years since its operations were kicked off. The milestone vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz 40-ton heavy-duty tractor for a customer in Indonesia, is part of a batch of about 250 trucks on the way to various markets in South-East Asia.
“10,000 trucks exported are only a start. We are leveraging additional potentials in growth markets with reliable, efficient high-quality trucks built at our Indian manufacturing plant. There will be continuous significant growth in this business for our FUSO and Mercedes-Benz brands,” Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of MFTBC and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said.
DICV’s export product range is manufactured on the same production lines as its domestic BharatBenz portfolio according to global Daimler standards. It features medium-duty (9-16 tonnes) and heavy-duty (16-49 tonnes) trucks.
Daimler says the trucks are tested rigorously to meet requirements of markets in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
“Our exports business has been developing extremely well. Since the launch in 2013, we have doubled our figures each year, and we aim for further significant growth as we will expand to serve more than 40 markets on three continents by the end of the year,” Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said.
About the 'Make in India' initiative, Nesselhauf added: “Make in India works really well for manufacturers like us who can offer modern products and are able to meet international norms and customer expectations.”