The quantum of price revision will be in the range of 2.5 percent to 4.5 percent across the models that the company sells in India. With the latest price revision, the company's new A-Class 180 CDI luxury compact car will now be priced at Rs 22.05 lakh, an increase of 4 percent, Mercedes- Benz India said in a statement.
The B-Class 180 CDI model will now be pricier by 4 percent at Rs 23.50 lakh while the C-Class 200 CGI sedan will now cost Rs 32.25 lakh, an increase of 2.5 percent, it added.
The newly launched E-Class 200 CGI saloon, will now be available at Rs 42.16 lakh, up by 3.5 percent while the sports utility vehicle ML-Class 250 CDI would be expensive by
4 percent at Rs 50.98 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom Mumbai).
"The rising input costs along with higher import duties have been creating significant pressure on our bottomlines for quite some time now. The constant weakening of the currency and the increase in other relevant taxes further impacted the business, adversely," Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Eberhard Kern said.
He said the company has been absorbing a significant portion of these impacts till now, but to run a sustained and profitable business in the long run, revising the prices upwards was inevitable.
When asked if the rupee continued to slide against the dollar further, would the company hike the price, Kern said: "The price hike that we are undertaking does not cover the impact of the current exchange rate hit and if this continues we will have to have a re-look at the pricing. We are hoping that the exchange rate returns to a reasonable level."
On Wednesday, General Motors India had hiked the price of its three models by up to Rs 10,000 from the first week of September due to a sharp depreciation in the rupee against the US dollar.
Earlier this month, BMW group had also hiked price of its products across models, including the Mini, by up to 5 percent.


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