Mercedes-Benz opened a new bus plant in Chennai, India. The company also revealed its new buses and a heavy-duty truck to customers, business partners and representatives of the media.
The total investment made by Daimler is estimated at 50 million euros. “We continue to strengthen our presence in the Indian commercial vehicle market with new products, now also including buses. In doing so, we are opening a new chapter of growth,” Dr Bernhard added. “This investment represents the ongoing pursuit of our strategy of targeted expansion for our global market presence.”
The bus plant, which covers a total area of roughly 113,000 square meters, is initially set up for a capacity of 1,500 vehicles a year. This can be expanded up to a maximum of 4,000 units. Once production has been ramped up, Daimler Buses will employ about 300 people in India.
Once the new bus plant has been inaugurated, the plant in Chennai will be the first Daimler Trucks plant in the world to produce trucks, buses and engines for a total of three different brands: BharatBenz, FUSO and Mercedes-Benz.
The front-engine buses of the BharatBenz brand meet the requirements of the Indian volume market in the school, staff, and tourist segments. The British manufacturer Wrightbus mounts extremely light aluminum bodies onto the vehicles directly on Daimler’s plant premises.