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Mercedes-Benz partners with Grow Trees to promote green cause; undertakes afforestation drive in Maharashtra

Mercedes-Benz India has planted 50,000 native trees in the eight villages in Yavatmal and Amravati districts in Maharashtra under its ‘Mercedes for India’ initiatives

•These trees are planted in an area of 1,680 acres covering two districts of Yavatmal and Amravati

•An average 250-300 people stay in each of these eight villages belonging to the ‘vulnerable tribes’ as declared by the Government of India

•This entire project is undertaken with the goal of creating environmental sustainability in the long run and also providing livelihood to the tribal communities

•The community has been involved in setting up a nursery; growing seeds into saplings; planting trees; taking care of the plantation plots

•This entire activity will give monetary benefit in form of wages to the community representatives

•The mass plantation will create a greater impact on the environment, especially to the soil fertility and bio-diversity of the area

•This initiative is undertaken by Mercedes-Benz to bring awareness among its customers | Environmental awareness to be created among 5000 customers by gifting a certificate for 10 trees to these  customers

Pune: Pursuing its relentless endeavour to make a positive difference in the society, the country’s largest luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz India has partnered with Grow Trees to encourage afforestation. The company has planted 50,000 trees in eight villages covering two districts of Yavatmal and Amravati. The plantation of 50,000 trees has been covered in 1,680 acres of land. This entire activity will benefit the tribal communities living in these villages, giving them an opportunity to earn their daily wages and making them an active participant in conservation of the biological diversity which is the need of the hour. Mercedes-Benz India will present a certificate for 10 trees to each customer targeting an overall base of 5000 customers, making them aware about the ecological challenges and spreading the message of environmental awareness.

Mercedes-Benz partners with Grow Trees to promote green cause; undertakes afforestation drive in Maharashtra

Mercedes-Benz partners with Grow Trees to promote green cause; undertakes afforestation drive in Maharashtra

Talking about this noble initiative, Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “Mercedes-Benz has always been an environmental conscious automotive brand. We want our customers and citizens in general to be aware about the environmental challenges like global warming and ecological changes. We have planted 50,000 trees that will offset the carbon footprint of our production process. The plantation will bring significant changes in the lives of the villagers who will not only find a livelihood, but will also benefit from the increased vegetation in the area. This initiative will further create awareness about the ecological benefits of afforestation, thus contributing to environmental sustenance.”

The areas of Yavatmal and Amravati have always reeled under the effects of drought and climatic changes. This activity will increase the fertility of the soil and will allow the newly grown vegetative cover to reduce the effects of soil erosion. This will increase fertility and change the entire biodiversity of the region.

On the occasion of signing the MoU, Mr. Pradip P. Shah, Chairman, Grow Trees said, “The association of Grow Trees and Mercedes-Benz India is another step which enhances our efforts towards creating a greener planet. Grow Trees has been committed towards regeneration of degraded forests and on extending vegetative cover on the uplands to reduce and reverse the devastating effects of soil erosion and run off of water. This project not only addresses such issues, but will also enhance the environmental conditions in the area but also provide indirect empowerment to rural-tribal communities in the nursery stage.”

These 50,000 trees will act as major carbon-sync for the atmospheric carbon, as they will consume approximately 20 kg of carbon (per tree) from surrounding environment in due course.

About Mercedes-Benz India:

Established in 1994, Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd. pioneered the luxury car market in India and boasts of more than 130 years of cutting edge innovation in the luxury automobile industry globally. Set up in 2009, Mercedes-Benz India’s world class production facility is spread over 100 acres in Chakan near Pune. Since June 2015, Mercedes-Benz India also commenced production from its new expanded production facility located in the same premises. The production facility now carries an investment of INR 1000+ crores and has the largest installed production capacity for any luxury car maker in India.

Mercedes-Benz India product portfolio comprises the locally produced Mercedes Maybach S 500, S-Class, E-Class, C-Class, CLA luxury sedans and the GLA, GLE and the GLS luxury SUVs. The CKD GLC was the 9th product added to Mercedes-Benz’s local production portfolio. Completely Built imported cars portfolio includes the A-Class, B-Class, CLS, E-Class Cabriolet, S-Class Coupé, C-Class Cabriolet, S-Class Cabriolet and the S 600 Guard a range of other Guard vehicles etc. The product portfolio also comprises the iconic off-roader Mercedes-AMG G 63 as well as a wide range of other Mercedes-AMG performance cars like the AMG CLA 45, AMG C 63 S, AMG S 63 Coupe, AMG S 63 Sedan, AMG GLA 45, AMG GLE 43 Coupe, AMG GT S sports car, AMG SLC 43 and AMG C 43.

The long wheel base version of the new E-Class is Made in India, for India, the first new generation car to be locally produced since market launch. India is the first country to get an RHD version of the LWB E-Class in the world.

Mercedes-Benz India registered annual sale of 13,231 units in the January–December 2016 period facing multiple market challenges. In 2017, ‘One Team, One Goal’ will be Mercedes-Benz’s philosophy, towards achieving best customer experience. The company will have fascinating product introductions, innovative luxury retail experience, value driven finance programmes and innovative after-sales service experiences. With ‘One Team, One Goal’ philosophy, Mercedes-Benz India will continue the ‘winning’ momentum it has created for itself in the diverse Indian market.