The Indian auto industry is currently facing one of its worst sales slumps and the luxury segment is no different. However, despite the sales slowdown, Mercedes-Benz India still continues to rule the roost with a sales number of 6,561 units for the January-June 2019 period. In comparison, the luxury car-maker sold 8,061 units during the period of January-June 2018.
For Mercedes, the E-Class continues to remain its best-selling model with the likes of the GLC, C-Class and GLE also contributing heavily to the sales. However, interestingly, its AMG and Dream Cars sales grew at 47% in H1 2019. Despite losing numbers, Mercedes is still the highest selling luxury car-maker and this year it hopes to better its sales on the back of the launch of the updated E-Class and new SUVs like the next gen GLE amongst others launching soon. We expect Mercedes to launch a slew of new SUVs and, more importantly, expand the G-Wagen range.
With the G63 occupying its own niche there is also likely that the G-Class diesel would be introduced. Thus, the new GLE, GLS and G-Class diesel may boost Mercedes sales further. Of course, the GLB SUV, a 7-seater midsize vehicle slotted between the GLA and GLC, could also be a big volume generator.