Daimler

Mercedes sales rise 20% in Jan. on strong China demand

Feb. 5, 2016 13:13 CET

Sales of Mercedes brand cars increased by 20 percent in January to 150,814, buoyed by a 52 percent jump in China sales.... Read More »

Daimler earnings surge 22% on new models

Feb. 4, 2016 09:44 CET

Daimler's fourth-quarter operating profit surged by 22 percent, lifted by demand for SUVs, compact cars and sales of its C class. The company, however, warned of slower growth in 2016 as China cools.... Read More »

Brazil wants to lift Mexico, Argentina trade caps as auto crisis deepens

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Brazil's trade minister called for unrestricted auto trade with Mexico and Argentina on Thursday, after data showed the automotive industry had its worst January in a dozen years.... Read More »

Continental recalls defective airbag control units used in 5 million vehicles

8:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Continental Automotive Systems said it supplied potentially defective airbag control units to 5 million vehicles used by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and three other automakers built over a five-year period worldwide, widening an airbag safety crisis.... Read More »

Zetsche: Apple, Google 'can do more' than we thought

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and other a handful of his senior execs met recently with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, according to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Asked about Google and Apple's automotive pursuits, Zetsche told the newspaper: “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed.”... Read More »

Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

Jan. 25, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs of its massive airbag recall, a person familiar with the matter said. Honda and Nissan said they received invitations to meet with Takata.... Read More »

Mercedes plans U.S. sales of E-class variants in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will begin introducing variants of its redesigned E-class sedan in the U.S. in 2017. They include plug-in hybrid, diesel and AMG versions.... Read More »

PORT AUTHORITY

Why Mercedes-Benz is reasserting control over connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Well-funded startups such as Automatic, Vinli and Zubie are selling under-the-dashboard dongles that can plug into a car's electronics and communicate data wirelessly to a smartphone or computer, effectively turning any car into a connected car. Automakers are pushing back.... Read More »

Apple, Google making progress on car projects, Daimler's Zetsche tells paper

Jan. 24, 2016 12:07 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz USA names Chamberlain as VP of sales

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Mercedes-Benz USA today named Adam Chamberlain its vice president of sales, effective April 1. Chamberlain, 42, replaces Dietmar Exler, who was promoted to CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA in December following the resignation of former CEO Steve Cannon.... Read More »

Mercedes, Opel to face French emissions panel

Jan. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Mercedes and Opel will face a French panel that is looking into excessive tailpipe emissions in the wake of the Volkswagen Group scandal.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: What Nissan learned from Mercedes for Infiniti Q30 production

6:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Nissan made some costly changes to build the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 compact cars at its UK factory. The models, which are based on Mercedes's architecture, are the first premium vehicles to be built there.... Read More »

BMW's retooled, tech-packed 2017 5 series takes shape

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW's aging 5-series sedan will be more svelte and technology-packed when it is redesigned and debuts later this year as a 2017 model. It's expected to shed more than 200 pounds as it adopts BMW's new 35up platform that debuted with last year's redesigned 7-series flagship sedan.... Read More »

Mercedes to skip Super Bowl 50

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Mercedes-Benz is sitting out the Super Bowl this year after it made a rare appearance in 2015 to tout the speedy AMG GT.... Read More »

VW will hire ex-FBI chief Freeh for U.S. role, report says

Jan. 19, 2016 09:36 CET

Volkswagen plans to hire Louis Freeh, a former FBI chief, to help the automaker deal with authorities in the U.S. investigating its emissions scandal, a German newspaper said. Freeh had a similar role at Daimler.... Read More »

Big-bucks trucks are part of the luxury market, says Autonation CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Extremely pricey pickups should be counted as premium vehicles, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. And German luxury makers shouldn't try to get into that luxury segment, he adds.... Read More »

Zetsche: '17 E class will pass ES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche said he is “very confident” the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES. Mercedes believes much of the car's appeal will lie in its vast array of technologies.... Read More »

European sales growth will slow this year, say Daimler, Ford, Volvo CEOs

Jan. 16, 2016 06:01 CET

European automotive executives expect the region's car sales to grow for a third straight year in 2016, but they say the overall volume will continue to trail the record high of more than 16 million reached in 2007.... Read More »

Daimler's Zetsche criticizes VW over emissions scandal

Jan. 14, 2016 16:37 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said an emissions scandal like the one engulfing Volkswagen would not be possible at his company. His remarks were an unusual dig at another carmaker.... Read More »

Luxury brands tap mobile software experts to polish premium cachet

8:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Software expertise has become the new battleground for luxury automakers as the latest premium cars compete on high-tech innovations rather than sheer power or luxury, something that requires millions of lines of code.... Read More »

Daimler still plans Mercedes plant in Russia despite weak market

Jan. 13, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler remains committed to adding a plant in recession-hit Russia to support the 'remarkable' performance of its Mercedes brand, CEO Dieter Zetsche said.... Read More »

Zetsche optimistic on Mercedes sales growth in China

Jan. 12, 2016 13:28 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says recent market turbulence in China has not hit demand for Mercedes vehicles. Mercedes sales in the country jumped 33 percent last year as the automaker benefited from a restructuring of its Chinese operations.... Read More »

BMW fights off Mercedes to keep luxury crown

Jan. 11, 2016 14:27 CET

BMW retained the title of world's top-selling premium brand last year while Mercedes overtook Audi to claim the No. 2 spot.... Read More »

With 2017 E class, Mercedes aims to renew a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz faces a crucial test when its redesigned 2017 E class goes on sale this summer. Sedan sales are stagnating in a U.S. market increasingly dominated by trucks. To counter the trend, Mercedes has packed a bigger but lighter, more coupelike car with advanced technologies.... Read More »

High expectations: What people think of Mercedes E class

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

In redesigning the E-class midsize sedan for 2017, Mercedes-Benz aims to advance it in every way, notably with autonomous features. Here's what some critics, analysts and others are saying about the E class.... Read More »

 
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