Mercedes-Benz has revealed sales figures in India for the first half of the calendar year. The German carmaker has sold 6,597 units during the January 2016 to June 2016 period. Last year during the same period, Mercedes sold 6,659 units.
One of the major reasons is the ban on diesel vehicles above 2000cc in the NCR region and Kerala. Mercedes has a line up of diesel vehicles that feature engines above the specified cubic capacity.
Also, apart from the company and customers who are affected by this ban, Mercedes dealerships in the NCR region are also affected since they are struggling to make decent sales and register vehicles.
In the Mercedes-Benz India lineup, the E-Class remains the best selling vehicle and the GLE SUV is remains the best-seller in the SUV segment made by the carmaker. The premium models like the S-Class, Maybach, and the GLS continue to attract customers.
Roland Folger, the Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India says he is quite satisfied with sales numbers, despite the ban in the NCR region and Kerala. He claims Mercedes' growth would have been in double digits if not for the Ban.