DaimlerChrysler India (DCI), the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, has said its new plant in Pune will have an annual capacity of 5,000 cars. The company wants to make the plant operational by 2009.
The company, a fully- owned subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, currently has a manufacturing facility at Pimpri, Pune. DCI does not want to increase the capacity at its existing plant, which is located on a leased plot of land.
“We will move the existing facility to the new plant. Overall, we will have a capacity of 5,000 units a year, which is about 40% higher than the capacity of the existing facility,” said Wilfried Aulbur, managing director and CEO, DaimlerChrysler India. “We will start the production in the new plant from January 2009.”
DCI said its sales grew by 11% to 2,121 cars in 2006; of this, 15% were imported and the rest were made in Pune.
The company currently makes the petrol and diesel version of its C-Class, E-Class and S-Class models in Pune and imports others.
On Friday, DCI launched a diesel version of its existing S- Class model, which is priced at Rs71.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), the CL500, and and CL600, priced at Rs1.17 crore and Rs1.62 crore, respectively.