Mercedes retains top slot despite marginal fall in salesMercedes retains top slot despite marginal fall in sales

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2017 09:57:57


MUMBAI,

Jan 10,

(PTI),

IN SPITE of a marginal fall in sales due to ban on diesel vehicles for most of the year and demonetisation, world’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes could retain its foothold in domestic market for the second year in a row by selling over 13,000 units in 2016.


For the Pune-based Mercedes-Benz India, this is the second consecutive year of selling over 13,000 units in annual sales and the company sounded optimistic about 2017, given the strong momentum in December and January.
The company has been maintaining that it would be surprising if it crossed last year’s sales numbers, as most of the year was wasted due to the Supreme Court ban on over 2000-cc diesel vehicles in Delhi and NCR, which constitutes about one-third of its market, and then the note ban in November.


Mercedes-Benz India sold 13,231 units in 2016, marginally down from 13,502 units in 2015 when it toppled compatriot Audi to become the No 1 brand in the country.


This comes as an additional icing on the cake for the company as its parent has overthrown homegrown rival BMW to become the world’s largest luxe carmaker after more than a decade by selling the highest units in history.


“We have sold 13,231 units in 2016 period amid adverse market challenges, against 13,502 units in 2015. We have remained successful in retaining customer trust amidst challenges like the diesel ban for eight months in
key Delhi NCR market, high Excise Duty, rising prices and demonetisation effect in 2016,” company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive, Roland Folger said.