Daimler India Commercial Vehicles has promised to launch 17 high-performance trucks in the 7-49 tonnes range in 18 months. 

The first to hit the road will be the 25-tonne right truck in September, followed by the 25-tonne construction tipper and the 31-tonner. The 9-tonne and 12-tonne trucks will also be launched this year, said Mr V. R. V. Sriprasad, Vice-President - Marketing and Sales.

By December, Daimler hopes to roll out 1,500-2,000 vehicles.

The company expects its Oragadam facility to ramp up to 36,000 units by 2015, on a single shift which can be expanded up to 70,000. By 2018/2020, Daimler hopes to produce 1 lakh trucks from the plant.

At the time of launch, the company expects to have 25 dealers. The network will be expanded to 70 by the year-end.