Daimler Buses has started to export bus chassis from India. Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, and Markus Villinger, Head of Daimler Buses India, came to the Egyptian capital of Cairo to celebrate the delivery of the first bus chassis to the company’s long-time business partner MCV.
The products in question are nine-ton bus chassis that MCV will equip with bodies in Cairo. 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 exploiting our global presence,” said Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, 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, the founder and Managing Director of 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.”
Competitive, high-quality products
The OF 9t bus chassis with front-mounted engines are manufactured at the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) plant in the southeastern Indian city of Chennai, and delivered from there to Egypt. The chassis are technologically similar to those used in the medium-duty BharatBenz trucks, which also roll off the assembly line in Chennai. As a result, Daimler was able to begin with exports before the bus plant was completed at the Chennai site. The chassis from India are especially modified for use in buses. The chassis are 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 Buses 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.
Source: Daimler AG