Daimler to release the first truck made in India
Daimler said that they are to release approximately 18 products under the BharatBenz division in the third quarter of this year. Sources report that 100 dealerships have been secured in India to join the exciting new truck project.
BharatBenz is the brand in which the new trucks will be released under. A Heavy Duty Truck is set to be built based upon the Mercedes-Benz Axor range.
A plant in India has apparently almost been built. Trials and tests for engine and transmissions are already underway too.
70,000 produced per year
Daimler aim to eventually produce 36,000 of these new trucks annually. If sales targets are met, that figure could ramp up to around 70,000 trucks being produced per year. Not all the trucks will be made for the Indian automotive market. Many could be exported and sold in different car markets. The truck will weigh from 6 to 49 tons according to reports.
Sourcing parts in India
Daimler has also said that they are hoping to up their sourcing of production parts locally in India. This would potentially save the company a great deal of money. Following the suit of Volkswagen, sourcing parts locally would also naturally drum up business within the Indian automotive industry.
At the moment they are doing quite well in that particular market. They have a deal with around 450 suppliers throughout the country at present. It would make financial sense in respect to the Rupee’s strength decreasing, meaning importing production parts will come at a higher cost.
Standards to be met
Launching a new truck isn’t that simple, as you can imagine. They must meet India’s BS III emissions standard. These standards mirror the Euro III used throughout Europe.
The Fuso Canter as well as the Fighter will largely influential on the company’s light and medium-duty range of trucks.
What will be so special about a truck made in India? It will have a lot to live up to if it is to rival that of German manufacturing. The fact that truck will be made in India means that it will really be tested and scrutinised as to how good Indian manufacturing really is.