"2013 has been a very good year for Mercedes-Benz India as we have aggressively launched new products, expanded to new markets and we are confident of maintaining our strong performance for the remaining year," Managing director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India Eberhard Kern said.
    
He was here to inaugurate the company's first luxury car dealership in Saurashtra region.
    
"Indian economy might be in shaky condition but we are doing very well in India and we are eyeing to double our production capacity," Kern said.
    
"At present, our Pune based factory has capacity to produce 10,000 unit per year, but we are now improving the capacity to double by spending around Rs 850 crore, and from next year we will be able to produce 20,000 units per year" Kern said.
    
He said that the company is not only planning to improve its production capacity but also concentrating to expand its network.
    
"Right now, we have 58 dealers across the country and by the end of this year 12 new dealers would be appointed soon" Kern said.
    
He said that the company is going to introduce two new models in SUV and Sedan class but refused to disclose further.
    
Mercedes-Benz India sold 1,749 units in second quarter in the current year demonstrating a 32 per cent year-on-year growth, while the sales in July were higher registering a 50 per cent plus growth compared with sales of July 2012.
    
Sanjay Thakker, Chairman and Managing Director, Benchmark Cars, the dealer of Mercedes-Benz said, that he is expecting to sell around 100 cars per year.
    
This is Benchmark's sixth show room-cum dealership in the country and fourth in Gujarat followed by Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat, Thakker added.

(Agencies)

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