Daimler

Smart ForTwo takes on more American dimensions

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

The bite-size Smart ForTwo may have a European flavor, but the third-generation model coming to the U.S. in September was cooked up using plenty of American ingredients. All of the key changes to the 2016 model -- increased width, new transmission choices, and more substantial styling -- were made primarily with the U.S. in mind.... Read More »

China's BAIC in talks to take Daimler stake, report says

Aug. 27, 2015 11:09 CET

Chinese automaker BAIC Motor is in talks with Daimler about taking a stake in the German luxury carmaker, Reuters reported. If a deal is completed BAIC will become one of Daimler's top shareholders after Kuwait and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

BMW aims to retake segment lead with redesigned 7 series

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

BMW of North America wants to set a new sales record for the 7-series sedan with its redesigned version -- and regain leadership of the luxury sedan segment.... Read More »

Acura, Mercedes, Mazda get top rating in IIHS collision prevention tests

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Acura, Mercedes and Mazda made an impressive showing in the most recent IIHS testing of vehicles with front collision prevention technology. More than a dozen of the 19 vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned a “superior” rating -- the highest rating offered in this test.... Read More »

Mercedes aims to expand crossover appeal with tech, right-hand drive GLC

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will generate higher sales than the GLK it replaces because of softer design, additional comfort features and the availability of right-hand-drive in key markets.... Read More »

Lexus rises to No. 1 in customer satisfaction study

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Lexus overtook Mercedes-Benz to come out on top in a recent U.S. customer satisfaction study while recalls and rising prices across the industry are driving down average new-vehicle customer satisfaction scores.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC seeks to widen appeal with tech, right-hand drive

Aug. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will sell more than the GLK it replaces thanks to a softer design, more comfort features and availability in right-hand-drive markets.... Read More »

Daimler still positive on China business despite stock market rout

Aug. 24, 2015 15:36 CET

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is counting on China to be a leading driver of car sales growth this year despite the country's stock market turmoil. The automaker expects vehicle ownership levels to rise and will continue to invest more in compact cars in the market where it has been adding dealerships, Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler China, said.... Read More »

Mercedes won't end Saints stadium pact with new 27-year Falcons deal

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mercedes-Benz doesn't have an option to end its naming rights agreement with the New Orleans Superdome and will now sponsor the stadiums for two NFL teams in the same division.... Read More »

Daimler 'still confident' in China sales outlook after market plunge

8:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Daimler AG, counting on China to provide the most fuel for car demand growth this year, pledged to keep up its investments after the country's biggest stock-market rout since 2007.... Read More »

'17 Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe adds power, price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

The next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe will cost around $10,000 more than the outgoing model. Although pricing hasn't been announced, the automaker says it will begin in the low $70,000s. Pricing for the outgoing 2015 model starts at $63,925, including shipping.... Read More »

M-B gives a peek at 4-seat S-class convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mercedes-Benz last week pulled back the curtain on an open-top model based on the new S-class coupe. The S-class cabriolet is the sixth model in the S-class family. It will be introduced next month at the Frankfurt auto show and is scheduled to go on sale in the first half of 2016.... Read More »

Mercedes to hang 3-pointed star on new home of Atlanta Falcons, report says

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is poised to secure the naming rights to a new stadium for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, according to a report.... Read More »

Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts.... Read More »

Next Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe offers more power for a price

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

The next-generation, high-performance Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe is based on the redesigned 2017 C-class coupe going on sale in the U.S. next spring, but they share only doors, roof and trunk lid.... Read More »

How Daimler's Car2go could transform how New Yorkers get around town

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

As residents of Brooklyn and Queens know all too well, not having a car makes it difficult to get from one borough to the other. But soon there will be another option: hopping into an unnervingly small, but surprisingly roomy, two-person vehicle and motoring to the other borough, where the rental ends once the driver parks.... Read More »

Jeep to serve as popemobile when pontiff visits U.S.

6:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Pope Francis will use a modified Jeep Wrangler as his popemobile when he visits the United States in late September.... Read More »

Ford patents autonomous vehicle with 'reconfigurable seats'

12:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Ford received a U.S. patent on its plans for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats” earlier this month. The seats can swivel and fold all while the vehicle is in motion, and the steering wheel can even retract into the dashboard to create more space in the vehicle cabin.... Read More »

Mercedes teases 2017 AMG C63 coupe

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Mercedes-Benz released a teaser image and video of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe that features a white vehicle ripping around the sharp curves of a test track, with only the roar of the 503-hp, V8 biturbo engine as the soundtrack.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz readies 4-seat S-class cabriolet

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Mercedes-Benz lifted the veil partially on an all-new, open-top cabriolet based on the new S-class coupe that went on sale earlier this year. Mercedes says it will also be the first S-class cabriolet with four seats since 1971.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

China's currency move a setback, not a calamity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

China's devaluation of the yuan will certainly squeeze global automakers' profits -- and it should give a mild boost to Chinese auto exports -- but it's not going to blow up automakers' long-term strategy.... Read More »

Redesigned Mercedes C-class coupe gets sleeker roofline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe, with C300 and C300 4MATIC models, is based on the redesigned C-class sedan that debuted in 2014. The coupe shares interior design with the sedan but has a distinct exterior design with a lower, sleeker roofline.... Read More »

A FRESH START

Automakers scout the startup world for next-wave technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2015

Automakers get it: It’s risky to ignore the fountain of ingenuity found at startups. That’s why they’re using "hackathons" and other efforts to tap the innovation flowing into the car business.... Read More »

Mercedes' China surge pushes it past BMW, Audi in July

Aug. 14, 2015 11:55 CET

Mercedes sold more luxury cars worldwide than the Audi and BMW brands in July as its rising deliveries in China defied a market slowdown there. Mercedes' surge left it just 272 units behind Audi after seven months for second place in the global premium-car sales race.... Read More »

Mercedes C-class coupe to take on BMW 4 series, Audi A5

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

With the redesigned 2017 C-class coupe, Mercedes-Benz is aiming squarely at picking up sales against the BMW 4 series and the Audi A5. The redesigned coupe, with C300 and C300 4MATIC models, will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. next spring.... Read More »

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