Mercedes-Benz India CEO takes auto to avoid Pune traffic

Mercedes-Benz India CEO Martin Schwenk opted for an auto ride to avoid the hassle of traffic jams in Pune.

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HT Auto Desk

02 October 2022, 18:22 pm

File photo of Martin Schwenk, Mercedes-Benz India.
File photo of Martin Schwenk, Mercedes-Benz India.

Traffic jams can really test one’s patience, no matter where it is in the world. Something similar happened with Mercedes-Benz India CEO Martin Schwenk, who got stuck in traffic in Pune and got out of his Mercedes S-Class and boarded an autorickshaw to reach his destination. Schwenk took to his Instagram account to share his experience.

Schwenk posted a picture showing the inside of the autorickshaw with the driver’s back and wrote, “If your S-Class is stuck in traffic on the luxurious roads of Pune – what do you do? Maybe get out of the car and start walking a few kilometers and then catch a rickshaw?” The post caught the attention of netizens and garnered over 7,000 likes. In the comments section, many people shared their own stories of traffic jams While many described his move as a humble one.

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On a different note, Schwenk said in a recent report that a comprehensive trade deal between India and the EU could open doors for Mercedes-Benz to think about turning the former into an export hub. In a Reuters report, he was quoted as saying, “A trade deal that puts India in a competitive position or gives it an advantage over other markets where Mercedes produces cars would certainly help.” The deal will help Mercedes manufacture more vehicles. India, however, Schwenk said that the brand is currently focusing on capacity building and will increase the numbers depending on how demand develops.

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Mercedes-Benz on September 30 launched its much-awaited electric vehicle, the EQS 580 at a price of Rs. 1.55 crore (ex-showroom). The EVs are certainly notable highlights but one of the important ones is that the luxury electric sedan will be manufactured at Mercedes’ manufacturing facility in Chakan, near Pune.

First published date: 02 October 2022, 18:22 PM IST

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