The three-pointed star, the leader in India’s luxury-car space, is steadily climbing up the ladder in the overall automobile market as well. Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles in India in the first six months of 2017 than brands such as Fiat, Nissan and Chevrolet, which offer much cheaper, including entry-level, cars here. And, Skoda, with its more affordable line of luxury, is at a sniffing distance, as the German company climbed to the 12 position by volume in India’s automotive market comprising 18-20 companies, from 15 a few years back. In terms of revenue, with close to a billion dollars a year, Mercedes-Benz is probably better off than more foreign companies that produce mass-market cars in India, such as Renault, Ford and Volkswagen. It is a profitable business as well. Mercedes-Benz India sold 7,141 vehicles in the first six months of 2017, growing 9 per cent from a year earlier, according to numbers released by the company. Sales of Nissan branded cars totalled 6,900 units, while those were 6,579 at Chevrolet, which announced a plan to withdraw from the Indian market by the end of this year. Fiat recorded sales of 1,892 cars spotting its brand and Skoda Auto sold 7,576 units. In calendar 2016, both Nissan and Chevrolet had sold more cars than Mercedes in India.