The Mercedes GLC SUV manufactured at the Chakan Factory in Pune will be exported to the US.
The Mercedes GLC is manufactured at Mercedes plants all over the world. The company is now developing a facelifted version of this vehicle to satisfy the global high demand and has an intention to export the GLC SUVs produced at Pune facility in India to the US. Currently, the Mercedes GLC model with the US specifications is also produced at the Bremen plant in Germany.
Rob Moran spokesman of Mercedes USA reaffirmed the plan:
“The SUV GLC is in great demand worldwide. Therefore, Mercedes-Benz uses the capacities of its global production network on four continents. This also includes the Mercedes-Benz plant in Pune.”
The Mercedes GLC SUV is being produced in Pune factory in India to prepare for the import to the USA
The GLC is not only a favourite vehicle of Indian and American customers but also the best-selling model of Mercedes. While the costs of shipping from Pune, India to America will be enormous, they can be compensated by the lower labour cost in India and also other diminished costs in comparison with the one produced in Bremen.
Both the standard GLC and GLC Coupe have been caught sight of when being tested. They are expected to be powered by the new C-Class’s engine and be equipped with a digital display and a larger infotainment screen. They are also likely to feature refreshed headlights, taillights, LED DRLs in the front and a new graphics in the rear.
The first Mercedes GLC SUV built in India will start to be imported to the USA next month. The decision of Mercedes-Benz to provide the US auto market with the SUVs seems to resemble that of Ford to produce US-spec Ecosport subcompact crossover at Chennai factory.
USA will import the Mercedes GLC from India from next month
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However, to some people, this move of Mercedes-Benz is only experimental.
Commenting on this plan, Brian Johnson, managing director at Barclays Capital said
“It will help establish a supply chain and production infrastructure that can meet North American and European quality standards, but importing vehicles from India to the U.S. remains an “experiment” more than a trend. India has been seen by global automakers as a difficult place to establish a quality supply chain. This could very well be an effort to learn about India as an export hub."