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Roland Folger, MD and CEO of Mercedes Benz India, at the launch of ‘My Mercedes, My Service’ programme in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Photo: PTI
Roland Folger, MD and CEO of Mercedes Benz India, at the launch of ‘My Mercedes, My Service’ programme in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

Mercedes clarifies on Gadkari claims, says can’t use biodiesel in vehicles

Mercedes Benz top executive Roland Folger says the firm never told transport minister Nitin Gadkari that it would power its cars with biodiesel

Bengaluru: Mercedes Benz on Tuesday ruled out using biodiesel to power its cars and other vehicles in India. The German luxury car maker clarified that it never committed any such possibility to Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari.

“We have meetings on several occasions. We talked about a hundred per cent availability of Bharat Stage-VI in all vehicles with him and his people. He must have misunderstood that as introducing biodiesel, which at the moment, we have no possibility and no attention to do," Mercedes Benz managing director and chief executive Roland Folger said.

He was speaking to reporters after launching ‘My Mercedes, My Service’ programme in India.

Gadkari recently said the company had sent him a letter in which it committed using 100% biodiesel in its cars and trucks.

“Mercedes has given me a letter that they can use 100% biodiesel in their cars and trucks," the minister had said. Gadkari had further said the Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd chief met him and assured him that the standards “which we have prescribed for biodiesel can be used by Mercedes in its cars and other vehicles".

Car makers such as Mercedes Benz, Toyota Motor Corp., Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and General Motors Co. have failed to get any relief from the Supreme Court, which has barred registration of diesel-run sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and high-end cars with engine capacity of 2,000cc and above in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Folger said the company is planning to completely redefine the after-sales experience by digitizing service process and create a benchmark in the luxury car service domain.

The initiative aims at enhancing the customer’s ownership experience manifold, thus making after-sales experience the new differentiator in the luxury car segment, he said.

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