German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has commenced the production of the 5th generation C-Class luxury sedan, at its Chakan manufacturing facility in Pune, ahead of its launch in the country next month.
The C-Class model was first launched in India in 2001 and at present more than 37,000 such cars are on the roads, Mercedes-Benz India said in a statement.
Fondly called 'Baby S', the luxury sedan which is scheduled to be launched in the domestic market on May 10, will be available in three variants –- C200, C200d, and top-end C300d, the company said.
Riding high on a 43 per cent volume growth in 2021 in the wake of a recovery in demand after a bad year in 2020, the top luxury car brand in the country is aiming for double-digit growth in its car sales this year.
It plans to roll out 10 new products in 2022 and as a part of its push toward electrification also plans to locally assemble its all-electric sedan EQS.
Mercedes-Benz India will roll out the locally assembled electric EQS sedan in the fourth quarter of 2022. It already has its all-electric SUV EQC in the domestic market, which was launched as a fully imported unit in October 2020.
Earlier this month, the carmaker reported a 26 per cent year-on-year growth in sales at 4,022 units in the first quarter of this year with the E-class Long Wheel Base and GLC SUV driving this growth.