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Luxury car market down in India but Mercedes still on top

Mercedes G63

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.

Mercedes E-Class

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.

Mercedes GLB

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.