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Daimler Profits Double in First Quarter 2017

Mercedes-Benz record sales lead to impressive results.

by on Apr.27, 2017

Daimler's Dieter Zetsche said the company rode strong sales from Mercedes-Benz to strong profits in the first quarter.

Record sales by Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans helped Daimler AG double its profits during the first quarter.

“A very successful quarter lies behind us,” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, adding the company continues to implement its strategy for sustainable growth.

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“Ahead of us, we have a variety of opportunities for further profitable growth. We do have the right products to take advantage of these opportunities – and the financial strength to make the necessary investments. The latest example: our new S-class. Daimler remains in the fast lane,” Zetsche said. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Pulls Ads from O’Reilly Show

Sexual harassment allegations push maker to move ads to other shows.

by on Apr.04, 2017

Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai have pulled their ads from "The O'Reilly Factor" after allegations of sexual harassment were leveled against the host.

Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai have moved their advertising off the Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” after new allegations of sexual harassment were leveled against the program’s host, Bill O’Reilly.

“The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now,” Mercedes said in a statement released after the advertising was shifted to other programing.

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Donna Boland, manager of corporate communications for Mercedes Benz USA, told the trade publication Variety the automaker will instead run advertising on other programming carried on the Fox News Channel, which is owned by 21st Century Fox-owned outlet. (more…)

Daimler Charges Up EV Program: Mercedes to Get 10 Electric Models by 2022

Electrification effort accelerates as luxury maker struggles to meet CO2 targets.

by on Mar.29, 2017

A Mercedes-EQ battery-car prototype.

Daimler AG, the parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands, plans to accelerate its battery-electric vehicle program and now plans to have at least 10 BEVs on the market by 2022, about three years ahead of its earlier target.

The move was announced by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche during the automaker’s annual meeting in Berlin on Wednesday, and will require an investment currently estimated at around $11 billion. The decision to speed up the program comes as Daimler’s Mercedes brand struggles to meet strict new European CO2 emissions targets.

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“We attach high priority to responsible mobility across the entire value chain,” said Daimler board member and research chief Ola Kallenius. “We are continuing to systematically promote the issue of sustainability through targeted investments in environmental projects in the development and production of our vehicles.”

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Plug-Ins You Won’t Have to Plug In?

Wireless charging set to simplify operation for owners.

by on Mar.20, 2017

A schematic illustration of how the Mercedes-Benz S550e can charge up wirelessly.

In the not-too-distant future, your plug-in may not need to be plugged in.

When the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S550e makes its debut later this year, the plug-in hybrid will not need to be tethered to a charging station to top off its batteries, at least not if an owner has access to use the new Halo systems developed by San Diego-based Qualcomm. All they’ll need to do is position the big Benz sedan over an inductive mat.

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Similar technology is already becoming commonplace for cellphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Edge. And a number of automakers, including Honda, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors, are building wireless phone charging mats into their vehicles. But the next step is to amp up the technology so it can wirelessly charge plug-based vehicles.

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Mercedes Lifts the Veil on New E-Class Cabriolet

Fifth model in new midsize line-up.

by on Mar.02, 2017

The new E-Class Cabriolet will feature a 329-hp twin-turbo V-6 in the U.S. market.

Like an old-fashioned fan dancer, Mercedes-Benz has been giving us a slow tease of the new 2018 E-Class Cabriolet set to make its formal debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

We’re finally getting the full story on the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Convertible, and there are a number of positive selling points: the ragtop not only growing longer and wider than its predecessor, but getting a twin-turbo V-6 that can be used to power all four wheels for the first time.

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And, as you’d expect from Mercedes, the midsize cabriolet will now adopt a wide range of safety, comfort and convenience technologies first seen on the bigger S-Class and upgraded with last year’s makeover of the E-Class sedan.

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Daimler Drives Deeper into Car-, Ride-Sharing

German maker’s Mercedes brand ties up with Uber, Car2Go.

by on Jan.31, 2017

A subscriber orders a car through the Uber app.

Use the ride-sharing app on your smartphone and you’re likely to have a driver pull up in some basic econobox. Sign up for one of the car-sharing services and you’ll usually find a similarly no-frills model waiting as you rent by the hour.

But Mercedes-Benz wants to take things a bit upscale as it announces new deals with Uber, the largest American ride-sharing service, and short-term rental company Car2Go.

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Automakers from around the world have been rushing to find new ways to expand into new mobility services ventures. General Motors, for one, went so far as to invest $500 million into Uber’s prime competitor, Lyft, last year. But the new Mercedes-Benz deals could give reason for upscale motorists to try out ride and car-sharing alternatives.

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Mercedes Planning Flood of New Compact Models

Maker still debating which will come to the U.S. market.

by on Jan.09, 2017

The newly updated Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4Matic made its debut in Detroit Sunday night.

Few automakers have added more new models in shorter order than Mercedes-Benz, the German company take aim at virtually every possible market niche.

But Mercedes officials think there’s still a few gaps in the line-up, notably at the lower end of the spectrum, and that means we could see a sizable increase in compact and smaller offerings, though not all the additions will make it across the Atlantic.

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“Our compact car family will grow from five to eight members in the near future,” said Britta Seeger, the board member who was recently appointed head of Mercedes-Benz global marketing and sales, during an appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Daimler Elevates Wagener to Company’s Board

Top designer ascends to new board post.

by on Nov.10, 2016

Daimler promoted Gorden Wagener to chief design officer and added him to the company's board.

Daimler AG has elevated the role of design inside the company by creating the post of chief design officer and naming 48-year-old Gorden Wagener to fill the post and a seat on the company’s board of management.

The creation of the new board-level post will strengthen the significant and responsibility of design for the company products and designs, Daimler said as it announced the new post.

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Wagener has been at the helm of the globally operating Design unit of Daimler AG since mid-2008 and with his international team he is responsible for the design of all the company’s brands and products. (more…)

For Mercedes-Benz “X-Class” Marks the Spot

U.S. version of concept pickup “under consideration.”

by on Oct.25, 2016

The underlying platform for the X-Class comes from Nissan, everything else is pure Mercedes.

With a little help from its friends, Mercedes-Benz is about to get into the pickup truck business.

At a news conference in Sweden on Tuesday, the German automaker pulled the wraps off the Concept X-Class, a thinly disguised version of the truck it will put into production late next year. The truck will initially be offered in Europe and Australia, as well as parts of Africa and South America. But the maker dropped hints it may reverse its previous position and eventually bring the X-Class to the U.S., as well.

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“With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio,” declared Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and had of its Mercedes-Benz brand, during the Stockholm preview.

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Second Daimler Plant to Yield 400% Increase in Battery Production

Factory will play critical role in launch of new Mercedes-EQ models.

by on Oct.24, 2016

Daimler's new plant will cost the maker about 500 million euros but quadruple battery output.

Daimler AG has broken ground in the German town of Kamenz for a second battery plant, a move that should yield a 400% increase in its capacity to produce lithium-ion packs for a wave of new electric vehicles now under development.

During last month’s Paris Motor Show, Daimler revealed the new Generation EQ concept vehicle, a production version of which will serve as the anchor of an all-new new sub-brand, Mercedes-EQ. The maker also revealed electrified versions of all the current Smart brand models.

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“By 2025, our passenger car product portfolio will contain more than ten fully electric vehicles,” said Thomas Weber, the Daimler board member overseeing R&D and Mercedes car development. “At the same time, we are continuously pushing our plug-in-hybrid offensive and the introduction of 48-volt-systems,” and the batteries that will be produced at the new plant, as well as the original factory in Kamenz, will become “an integral part” of that product roll-out.”

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