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Forget Hybrids and Hydrogen Cars; Some Just Have to Have a V-12

Mercedes shifts line, boosts 12-cylinder production.

by on Nov.23, 2015

Daimler has moved production of its V-12 engines to Mannheim to boost production.

Facing tough new mileage and emissions standards, automakers have been shifting to smaller and more environmentally friendly powertrains. The V-8s that once dominated the American highway have become more and more uncommon as even performance cars switch to downsized turbo and hybrid alternatives.

Yet, some buyers just aren’t ready to switch, and that’s led to a bit of a renaissance for one type of engine environmentalists would clearly love to see vanish in the junkyard. Demand has been so strong, in fact, that Daimler AG has moved its V-12 engine line to a new plant in order to boost production.

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“Supplying our customers as fast as possible is highly important to us,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “We do not have any possibilities for expansion in Affalterbach at present, so we have decided to transfer the assembly of the twelve-cylinder engines to the Daimler site in Mannheim.”


Daimler Invests $475 Million into Detroit Diesel Plant

Upgrades allow company to offer automatic transmissions for heavy-duty trucks.

by on Nov.20, 2015

Daimler's Wolfgang Bernhard discusses the $475 million the company invested in its Detroit Diesel plant on the outskirts of the city.

Daimler AG said Friday it has invested $475 million and created 330 new jobs at the company’s factory on the edge of Detroit to launch production of a new line of automatic transmissions specifically designed for heavy-duty trucks and a new engine for smaller, medium-duty commercial vehicles.

Wolfgang Bernhard, head of Daimler Trucks, said the project at the Detroit Diesel factory in the city gives Daimler the ability to extend its leadership in the North American market and lower the costs for its customers at the same time.

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Traditionally, buyers of heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. have ordered the cab and chassis from one manufacturer, the engine from another maker, the transmission from a third and the axle from a fourth company. With the expansion in Detroit, which already builds truck engines and axles, Daimler will have the opportunity to offer customers a complete unit. (more…)

Daimler Gives Volkswagen its Ethics Boss

Daimler takes hit for German team and lets Hohmann-Dennardt out of contract.

by on Oct.16, 2015

Christine-Hohmann-Dennhardt is moving from Daimler AG to Volkswagen to help VW clean up its diesel mess.

Volkswagen is trying to show it means business when it says it will make things right and resolve the diesel emissions scandal plaguing the automaker. It just cut a deal with Daimler AG to hire its integrity officer to take on the same role at VW.

Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt will join Volkswagen on its Board for Integrity and Legal Affairs to help the automaker clean up its severely tarnished image after it admitted it had cheated emissions tests on more than 11 million cars worldwide.

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“We are delighted that Dr. Hohmann-Dennhardt has agreed to take on this responsible task and that we can build on her outstanding competence and experience,” Volkswagen chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said in a statement. “At the same time we would like to thank Daimler AG for agreeing to our request to the early termination of Dr. Hohmann-Dennhardt’s contract.” (more…)

Is Your Diesel Dirty? And Other Key Questions About the VW Cheating Scandal

10 questions on the VW diesel crisis and auto industry cheating.

by on Sep.25, 2015

BMW disputes reports its X3 model -- shown here at its debut -- doesn't meet emissions rules.

Both BMW and Daimler AG, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands, have issued formal statements insisting they did not cheat on diesel emissions tests, unlike German rival Volkswagen and its Audi brand.

VW now has acknowledged that 11 million vehicles – including 482,000 sold in the U.S. – were secretly fitted with software designed to help them pass emissions tests. Otherwise, the vehicles delivered increased performance and better mileage but also produced up to 40 times the permissible level of noxious emissions.

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Are other automakers cheating? And why would they? What about you, if you’re a diesel owner or still thinking about buying one? Here are some key questions and answers.


Apple Moving Fast on Car Project

“Project Titan” set to ship by 2019.

by on Sep.22, 2015

Apple's Jeff Williams has broadly hinted at the company's plans to enter the auto industry.

Apple could have its first car, a battery-powered, autonomous vehicle, on the road by 2019, according to a new report.

While the company, best known for its computers, iPhones and iPads, has yet to confirm it will enter the automotive business, Apple’s efforts have become increasingly visible as it hires away talent from other automakers, and meets with regulators to discuss issues such as rules on self-driving vehicles.

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The maker’s automotive project is known internally as “Project Titan,” and a new report in the Wall Street Journal says Apple has set a “ship date” of 2019, though that is not a guarantee a car would actually be ready for sale that year.


Daimler Moving U.S. HQ to Michigan

Completes German maker’s move out of NJ.

by on Sep.17, 2015

Daimler AG's world headquarters in Stuttgart.

In an unexpected announcement, Daimler AG announced that its North American headquarters will move from New Jersey to Michigan. The news comes even as Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz USA subsidiary completes its own move from N.J. to suburban Atlanta.

In terms of jobs, the impact will be modest, involving only about 30 employees working in the German maker’s U.S. treasury, legal and accounting departments, along with a handful of executive positions. The Mercedes move to Atlanta involved about 1,000 employees.

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“I think it’s just another reaffirmation that Michigan is the place to be for the auto industry,” Gov. Rick Snyder told the news service MLive.


Daimler, Renault/Nissan Could be Open to Alliance with Fiat Chrysler

Six years in, Daimler and Renault/Nissan continue to expand their partnership.

by on Sep.16, 2015

Daimler's Dieter Zetsche and Renault/Nissan's Carlos Ghosn brief reporters on their growing alliance during a meeting in Frankfurt.

Increasingly frustrated in his bid to merger with General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne might consider an alternative in his bid for better economies of scale.

At a media briefing called to discuss the results of their own, six-year partnership, Daimler AG Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche and Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said they would be open to the possibilities of adding FCA to their successful alliance.

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“Any single opportunity we have in front of us…we will entertain,” said Renault/Nissan’s Ghosn.


Smart Reveals New ForTwo Cabrio

America’s smallest car goes topless.

by on Aug.28, 2015

The newly redesigned Smart ForTwo Cabrio will offer a three-position canvas top.

The new Smart car hasn’t yet landed in showrooms in the U.S. but the German microcar maker is already rolling out a second version, with a third on the way.

The redesigned Smart ForTwo Cabrio gets a new canvas “tritop” that can open up like a sunroof or fold back more like a conventional convertible. Set to formally debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the two-seater will reach showrooms in mid-spring 2016.

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“Our new smart cabrio really exudes joie de vivre in the city – which is what our brand stands for”, said Smart brand boss Annette Winkler. “I am sure that we will delight our present 220,000 cabrio customers and win lots of new fans with this successful lifestyle icon.”


Little Smart Has Big Ambitions for New ForTwo

But is there a market for microcars in truck-happy U.S.?

by on Aug.25, 2015

Two extremes of the Daimler AG family, the 2016 Smart ForTwo with a row of Western Star trucks.

Size matters. That’s long been a guiding principle in the U.S. auto industry, and with fuel prices down sharply this year, it seems truer than ever as American motorists once again shift from fuel-efficient small cars to larger SUVs, CUVs and pickups.

And that raises a serious question about this year’s launch of what will be the smallest car on the U.S. market, the 2016 Smart ForTwo. After a seemingly endless delay, parent Daimler AG has launched an all-new version of the microcar just as potential competitors, such as the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500 struggle to reverse double-digit sales declines.

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Nonetheless, “We hope there is much more potential” for a brand that has so far failed to live up to its initial promise, says Annette Winkler, the head of the Smart brand during a first U.S. media drive of the new ForTwo model.


Apple Hires Key Tesla Engineer as Daimler Mulls Joint Ventures with Apple, Google

A Silicon Valley “poaching war” turns up the heat.

by on Aug.24, 2015

Apple's Jeff Williams has hinted at the possibility that the company may be looking at moving into the auto industry with more than its CarPlay system.

Apple has hired one of Tesla’s top autonomous driving engineers, according to a post on LinkedIn, the latest sign that the Silicon Valley firm best known for its smartphones and computers is getting ready to enter the auto industry.

Separately, the CEO of Daimler AG suggests he would be open to an alliance with both Apple and its high-tech rival Google, which has become a leader in the development of autonomous vehicle technology. The parent company of Mercedes-Benz also has had an ongoing relationship with Tesla.

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“Many things are conceivable,” Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told the German magazine Deutsche Unternehmerboerse. “Google and Apple want to provide system software for cars and bring this entire ecosystem around Apple and Google into the vehicle. That can be interesting for both sides.”