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Merc to offer petrol variants across Indian portfolio by Sept

By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2016 07:17 AM IST

NEW DELHI: German carmaker Mercedes-Benz plans to have petrol versions of all its models sold in India by September as it looks to tide over the Supreme Court ban on cars with diesel engines of over 2,000-cc in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The company, which on Tuesday launched AMG 43 priced at 77.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), however remained hopeful that a solution would be found soon on the diesel ban in the region that traditionally has been the key market for the automaker in India.

“We will be complete with petrol engines in September. Then we will have basically a petrol variant in each of our carlines available. It was a decision we made in the middle of last year,” Mercedes-Benz India managing director and CEO Roland Folger said. “Ten years ago, we had only petrol engines so it’s not that unusual for us. It gives customer a choice it is not so much about new segment really.”

When asked if their have been job losses at company’s dealerships in Delhi/NCR, Folger said: “In the last six months the dealerships in the region have been supported by our other dealers with more petrol options. So there have been no job losses as such.”

The AMG SLC 43 features a ‘toned down’ 3-litre V6 petrol engine, which generates 362bhp of power and 520 Nm of torque, which can accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km per hour in just 4.7 seconds.

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