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Mercedes-Benz plans an integrated bus body-building facility in Pune Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Friday, 02 July 2010
In line with it's expansion plans for the Bus business, Mercedes-Benz, plans to set-up a dedicated assembly line that will cater to the production requirements of the city buses as well as the already available 2-axle and 3-axle inter-city luxury coaches. Mercedes-Benz also indicated their plan to offer integrated body-building facility for the city buses housed out of their present premises at Pune.

The estimated start of production will be in the Third Quarter of 2011.

To start with, Mercedes-Benz will offer low-floor fully built City Buses targeted at the Urban Transportation segment.

The market for high-end city buses is lucrative. It is estimated at approximately 500 units per annum and expected to grow by 20% each year. Mercedes-Benz India sees a potential in this niche market and as such plans to offer with solutions that are been successfully operated in similar operating conditions in other parts of the world.

The company now plans to conduct product clinics and fine tune the buses to the specific needs of Indian city bus operators. Mercedes-Benz has already imported a low floor and a semi-low floor city bus for the product clinic. The Product clinic for city buses with two Mercedes-Benz buses is expected to start by June 2010.

"Mercedes-Benz is the inventor of the first bus in the world and ever since, we have pioneered innovations that have revolutionized motorized public transport. In India, our 2- and 3-axle luxury coaches have been received very well. We would now like to expand into the city buses segment. To create a bus suited to the exact requirements of the users, it is essential to understand our customer needs: our trial buses will achieve this objective," said Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India.

With improving infrastructure and growing urban vehicle population, the need for safe, reliable and robust mass transit system is imminent in India.

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