DaimlerChrysler Planning Second Auto Plant In India

New plant will make about 2,000 cars per month, employ 350 workers.

NEW DELHI (AP) – Germany's DaimlerChrysler AG will invest approximately $55 million to build a second auto plant in India, a news report said Wednesday.

The company is looking for a location in western Maharashtra state, the Business Standard reported, quoting the state's elected head, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

DaimlerChrysler has one plant in that state, in the city of Pune, that produces about 2,000 cars a month, and they might build the second plant in Pune also, the report said quoting unnamed company officials.

The new plant will probably have the same capacity as the existing one and employ about 350 workers, the report said.

The company could not be immediately reached for comments.

DaimlerChrysler's move to expand its India operation comes three months after General Motors Corp. announced it would set up a new export-oriented manufacturing facility in Maharashtra with an investment of $280 million.


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