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Old 10th January 2019, 07:42   #16
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I agree there is a market for a luxury MPV of this size in the market and if Mercedes can bring it in CKD pricing format it’ll have its share of takers. This is the exact size of MUV we need here. Comfortable 3 rows with PROPER luggage space behind.

BUT, personally i feel the biggest opportunity in this segment I feel is in the 28-35 lakh (on road) price point. The Kia Carnival seems to be the only one knocking on close to that space. Every other MPV player for most part has tried to skirt around the Innova by providing smaller or cheaper alternatives. To my mind a better competitor to Innova would come if someone can produce this sort of product - Honda, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai all have these products already - can’t understand why it’s only Kia that’s taking this plunge first.

Most urban rich families would perhaps prefer to have a super high quality non German MPV combined with their 50-90 lakh budgets reserved for their 5 seater German sedans / SUVS. People blowing 80 lakh on a German MUV would still be a minuscule minority.
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Old 10th January 2019, 10:58   #17
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Bingo .

I think there is a definite market for a luxury van in India, at double or triple the price of an Innova. These guys would easily pay 50 - 80 lakhs for a proper luxury MPV, but there are no viable options for them.
First line about market for luxury ...true
However paying up double or triple .....I would disagree.

A close source who studied the market for such large /luxury vans figured that they're best suited for the fleet/hotel industry over private users.
Very few individuals showed interest in owing such a vehicle over renting.
Therefore paying up two ~ three times is not something people are willing to.

The Mercedes V Class is nearly 5meters in Length which is a hassle to drive & park especially in cities. Additionally driving it daily to work / work related is cumbersome.
Observations were that Innova is apt in size with premium interiors.

One reason I believe Toyota must have studied / gauged customer response to the Alphard in the Auto Expo 2018 and must have figured that people are less willing to pay beyond Rs 25~30L.
That must have helped Toyota to shelve the plan of introducing the model in India
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Old 10th January 2019, 11:25   #18
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If this even gets any closer to decent sales volume Hyundai is going to start manufacturing their H1 here in India and its game on for this niche segment of Luxury Vans.


We never know, we never expected the first Duster to set the Indian automotive scene on fire with a paradigm shift towards compact SUVs becoming the norm.


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While we have been discussing about market for such luxury MPVs in India, am sure the reason why MB is launching it as a CBU is because it does not have high hopes from it; might be just to test the waters. We have to wait and see which wheelbase version is getting launched here with what equipment levels and how MB is going to position this. They might as well have some extra capacity in their global plant and want to move some of those copies here!
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One big disadvantage of some of these vans is that they are monocoque construction. Nobody is going to overload these premium vans with tons of cargo, but for the badly maintained rural roads -these vans would need to be babied considering their long wheelbase.

I disagree that people with the money would buy vans. They'd rather be seen in a 'sporty' SUV rather than a 'boring' van.
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I was discussing this with one of my office friends when we had gone to Singapore for our annual kickoff. We were provided with a Toyota Van which had good interior and was spacious and comfortable.

At that time we were thinking many would rather prefer this over the Force traveler even by paying some premium. There was this app which got banned by Karnataka govt called Zipgo. I think they could have been big users for this kind of vans.

But then we concluded it will be a largely commercial affair, no one in India really buys a van for personal use
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The person who's likely to buy this van must be definitely owning a more expensive car which he probably drives himself occasionally. And he is going to use this van for his leisure travel/dropping kids to school where the driver is going to make the most of it. And the middle class mentality (camouflaged as practical decision in a wealthy household) will not allow the driver to enjoy the driving pleasure of Mercedes.
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Toyota sells a sporty version of Alphard called Vellfire in Malaysia. I saw a new one in black and its seriously drool material! I have no idea why they aren't launching such cars here. MPVs make a lot of sense and can do nearly everything that can SUV can do while offering loads of seating and luggage space.

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