German automaker Mercedes-Benz will begin exporting their popular SUV, the GLC to the United States. This will come at the back of good demand for the vehicle globally. Mercedes-Benz will follow in the footsteps of Ford, who currently export the Ecosport compact SUV to various markets in North America.
India-made Ecosport’s are exported from Ford’s Chennai plant to the US. Likewise, Mercedes-Benz will also follow suit with the GLC. This will result in India’s rise as an manufacturing powerhouse and give it a chance to show its potential.
A decade ago, trade relations between both these countries began coming to exporting automobiles. Homegrown carmaker Mahindra and Mahindra struck a deal to export diesel-fueled pick-up trucks to the US market. But the deal could not see light at the end of the tunnel due to Mahindra’s quality problems.
Now, due to the high tariffs imposed on exporting automobile parts and vehicles from China, the US had to look at India as an alternative. China has been the export partner for the United States for quite a while now. But, due to the recent political situations arising between both countries, the US has decided to hold back on automobile exports coming from China.
Starting from next-month, the GLC will be exported to the United States, paving the way for other manufacturers to do the same. We can expect good quality from the automaker when their India-made cars reach the US shores. At the moment, Mercedes-Benz are looking at other models in their India line-up as well to be distributed to the US market.
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