Mumbai: Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd, India’s second largest luxury car maker, has started assembling its S-Class diesel sedans at its Chakan factory near Pune to meet better-than-expected demand.

Mercedes sold more than 9,500 cars in India in 2013-14, an expansion of 47% over a year ago. Its S-Class sedan costs around 1 crore.

“We are confident that with the manufacturing of the new S-Class 350 CDI in India, we will be able to create a new benchmark and also meet the rising demand for the car in India," managing director and chief executive Eberhard Kern said in the statement.

The company already assembles its E-Class, C-Class, GL-Class and M-Class cars locally.