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No plans to manufacture trucks in India: Daimler

DaimlerChrysler denies a media report that said it would begin assembling trucks in the country in early 2008.

autos Updated: Jun 08, 2007 11:17 IST

A DaimlerChrysler spokesman said there were no plans for the company to manufacture trucks in India after a newspaper reported it would begin assembling trucks in the country in early 2008.

A section of the media reported that DaimlerChrysler, which now imports Actros trucks, would begin assembling some models from imported kits next year, citing people familiar with the plans.

A company spokesman denied the report.

"There are no plans to manufacture trucks yet," he said when contacted by Reuters.

"We import Actros trucks and nothing has been decided on manufacturing them in India."

Some news reports have indicated DaimlerChrysler was looking to widen ties with Indian bus and truck makers.

DaimlerChrysler owns 6.8 per cent in India's top bus and truck maker, Tata Motors Ltd, and 3.6 per cent in Eicher Motors Ltd.

DaimlerChrysler makes its luxury Mercedes-Benz cars in India and is building a plant near the western city of Pune with an annual capacity of 5,000 cars. Production will start in 2009.

The company sold 2,121 units in India in 2006, an increase of 11 per cent from the earlier year. It makes the Mercedes S-Class, E-Class and C-Class cars in India and imports other models.

First Published: Jun 08, 2007 11:13 IST