Mercedes-Benz India has inaugurated a new research and development facility in the country. This new Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) is spread over an of 46,000 sqft with capacity of over 400 people. It is being located at Embassy Tech Zone in SEZ in Hinjewadi. Just so you know, Mercedes-Benz R&D India (MBRDI), headquartered in Bangalore was founded in 1996.
Manu Saale, MD & CEO MBRDI, stated: "Pune is very important for us – especially for certain areas of engineering and developments related to Interiors, Exteriors, Powertrain, PLM, IT development and localization. We are equipped to support the closely-knit global network of R&D bases in Daimler and develop cooperation with suppliers and partners across the globe. Our new facility will be providing our engineers a best-in-class working atmosphere - combined with a great location in town. Thus we will be even more attractive to the talent pool in the region.” For those asking, Mercedes-Benz overtook Audi in Jan-March 2015 sales and became the country's numero-uno luxury automaker.
Thomas Merker, Vice President - Body and Safety, Mercedes-Benz Cars Development and Chairman MBRDI explained: “MBRDI plays an important role within our global research and development organization. The new facility in Pune marks another milestone and allows us to expand while still being close to both our Mercedes-Benz plant and our relevant automotive suppliers. For us, India is a strategic location as emerging market, for the competent talent pool and global supplier network." The company, just a couple of weeks back, revealed the new GLE Class SUV which has touted as the M-Class replacement. The GLE-Class, along with the GLC-Class, would be launched in India this year.