There are numerous reports on how all business plans across the auto sector have been put off due to the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of the life threatening Coronavirus. Like most of us, even automakers were waiting getting back to normalcy after April 14 which now looks unlikely as the lockdown is expected to extend at least for the entire month. Hence, automakers are not shying away from sharing with us about the postponement of launch plans of their upcoming models. We already got you exclusive details about the Audi e-Tron India launch being delayed and now even Mercedes-Benz has put the plan of launching the all-electric EQC in India on hold.
The German carmaker had announced in January the launch of its first ever all-electric vehicle in India and the EQC was supposed to go on sale in April itself. Replying to caranbike when asked about the prospects EQC's India launch in our Freewheeling Episode 3, Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO- Mercedes-Benz India said, "I don't think we'll be able to do that. We committed in January and really worked on the lines but one thing is the car while other is the network and we need to be ready with our overall offerings. We had prepared everything quite far ahead by the middle of March, however quite frankly it (lockdown) will push the launch."
That said, Mercedes-Benz is still looking forward to launch majority of the new cars that were scheduled for this year and not to push them to next year. "We will work for the launches and make sure that we can fulfil what we have planned for this year which is obviously a little bit dicier now under the current situation," Schwenk added. Mercedes-Benz had already launched the new-generation GLE SUV earlier this year and the new GLA along with the A-Class sedan and the flagship GLS SUV were some of the key launches slated for this year. In fact, Mercedes-Benz India had also started accepting bookings for the A-Class sedan.