Mercedes-Benz is slated to import its best-selling vehicle, the GLC, from India. The move will provide additional GLC’s to meet demand and underscores the quiet rise of India as an automotive export hub.
Currently all GLC’s sold in the U.S. are produced at Daimler AG’s Bremen, Germany assembly plant. Mercedes says that global demand for the GLC is high and the company is going to have to source it from its global assembly network, including its plant in Pune, India.
GLC’s produced in India will begin arriving stateside next month, according to Mercedes. The automaker has already notified NHTSA of the additional assembly location for the GLC, according to Automotive News.
Mercedes isn’t the first automaker to source vehicles from India for the U.S. market. Ford Motor Company already imports its EcoSport sub-compact crossover from its Chennai, India assembly plant. Other automakers are also turning their Indian assembly plants into export hubs, though no others have confirmed plans to export to the U.S. just yet.
The move comes as little surprise as the U.S. and Chinese governments engage in heated tariff debates. The domestic auto market in India is also struggling right now, leaving overcapacity at most of the country’s auto plants. Effectively, the stars are aligning for India to be an auto producing hub.