Daimler has announced the production kick-off of the Mercedes-Benz GLA in India where the model is aimed towards the local market.
The Pune facility, in India, is the place where the Mercedes-Benz GLA is coming to life for the local market. The announcement has been made by Daimler recently as the plant received a 150 million euros total investment since 2009 and it has a total capacity of 20,000 units annually. The Mercedes-Benz portfolio in India includes six models which include the C-Class, E-Class, S-Class 350 CDI, M-Class, GL and the compact GLA.
“The start of production of the GLA in India marks the first time we are producing compact cars in our global assembly network along with sedans and SUVs. We are thus entering the next stage with our market-specific assembly, allowing us to serve local demands in a flexible and efficient manner according to highest quality standards”, says the member of divisional board from Mercedes-Benz Cars, Markus Schafer.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA has been officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and it has been based on the new A-Class generation. The model is coming with a front-engine and FWD / 4WD layout, standing in at 4,417 mm long, 1,804 mm wide and 1,494 mm tall. The engine lineup includes the 1.6L, 2.0L, the 2.1L diesel and the 1.5L diesel connected to either the 6-speed manual transmission of the 7-speed automatic. The compact crossover has entered production in December, 2013, and it is currently being put together in Pune, India, and in Rastatt, Germany.