Daimler India Commercial Vehicle Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, Germany, has started to export bus chassis from India. The OF 9t bus chassis with front-mounted engines are manufactured at the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) plant in Chennai, and delivered from there to Egypt. The bus chassis are rolled out from the same assembly line as that of BharatBenz trucks, as they are technologically similar to the medium-duty BharatBenz trucks. As a result, Daimler was able to begin with exports before the bus plant was completed at the Oragadam site. The chassis from India are especially modified for use in buses, and are globally competitive, high-quality products, due to their high degree of localization and their incorporation in state-of-the-art production and logistics processes. This enables Daimler to offer vehicles in previously unexploited segments of the Egyptian bus market. The company plans to include additional export markets in its sales network at a later date.
Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, and Markus Villinger, Head of Daimler Buses India, were present at the Egyptian capital of Cairo to celebrate the delivery of the first bus chassis to the company’s long-time business partner MCV. Starting immediately, the finished vehicles will be sold as Mercedes-Benz-brand buses through MCV’s nationwide sales network.
“The export of bus chassis from India to Egypt is yet another demonstration of how we are successfully leveraging on our global presence,” said Hartmut Schick at the festive handover of the chassis. “Our global production network allows us to offer appropriate and competitive products for every market.”
To this, Karim Ghabbour, Founder & Managing Director, MCV added: “We’re convinced that the chassis from India will ensure our buses’ high quality and at the same time expand our product range with a high-performance vehicle that will be offered at attractive terms.”
Courtesy: BusinessWire India