Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes poised to take premium sales crown back from BMW

Dec. 12, 2016 09:43 CET

Mercedes is on track to overtake rival BMW as the world's largest premium brand this year, sales figures released today show. Through November, Mercedes has sold 1.89 million vehicles, while BMW's core brand has delivered 1.82 million units. BMW has been No. 1 since passing Mercedes in 2005.... Read More »

Mercedes' IT overhaul benefits F&I

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA completed a $150 million project this year to replace its legacy contract management system with updated technology that will enable it to speed F&I growth and bring products and services to market more efficiently.... Read More »

Mercedes will become 2016's biggest luxury automaker, Zetsche says

Dec. 9, 2016 10:06 CET

Mercedes will become the biggest and most profitable luxury carmaker this year, CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Achieving the target would put the brand back on top for the first time since 2005 when it lost the sales crown to BMW.... Read More »

U.S. judge throws out emissions fraud lawsuit against Mercedes

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

A U.S. judge threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that automaker Mercedes misled consumers about emissions standards in "BlueTec Clean Diesel" vehicles.... Read More »

Daimler may build EVs in China to boost Mercedes sales

Dec. 6, 2016 10:33 CET

Daimler may start producing batteries and Mercedes EVs in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to boost growing sales in the world's biggest market.... Read More »

KICKING THE KITS

Mercedes van plant opens door to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

Daimler converts a U.S. kit factory to a bona fide vehicle assembly plant -- and creates a new scenario for local Mercedes parts.... Read More »

Mercedes finds a better way around the 'chicken tax'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2016

Mercedes-Benz is investing in South Carolina after years of producing vans through an odd global supply stream to sidestep U.S. tariffs.... Read More »

LUXURY: Mercedes all but locks down U.S. title

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2016

Mercedes-Benz sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the Daimler AG brand will take the full-year title from BMW.... Read More »

Mercedes CLS successor to come in 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

The successor to the Mercedes-Benz CLS, a four-door sedan with coupelike styling, will arrive in 2018 on a new platform that's lighter, longer and roomier.... Read More »

2016 ALL STARS | U.S. EXECUTIVE, EUROPEAN AUTOMAKER

Dietmar Exler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Dietmar Exler has only held the top U.S. job at Mercedes-Benz since January, but he was No. 2 for the past two years and has helped put Mercedes on a path to reclaim the top spot in the U.S. luxury sales race.... Read More »

Audi lures Volvo's Mertens for top r&d post

8:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2016

Audi appointed the r&d chief at Volvo, Peter Mertens, as its new head of technical development, filling a key post as the Volkswagen Group brand grapples with the fallout from emissions violations.... Read More »

Mercedes' Hungarian plant hit by brief wage strike

Nov. 24, 2016 14:09 CET

Mercedes' plant in Kecskemet, Hungary, was hit by a two-hour strike on Wednesday involving 80 workers demanding higher wages and threatening a further walk-out if a deal is not agreed.... Read More »

Daimler terminates China manager after parking dispute

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Daimler apologized today for an incident in China that local media said involved a senior company executive making disparaging comments to people in a parking dispute. While the dispute was a private matter which was eventually resolved amicably, the company said later the executive had been "relieved ... of his position."... Read More »

5 MINUTES WITH Christian Treiber, vice president of customer services, Mercedes-Benz USA

12:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

On why all Mercedes-Benz dealerships sell tires and how it helps service advisers work more efficiently.... Read More »

Only a few will get Maybach convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

With 379 dealerships and only 75 units of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet, how will Mercedes pass the vehicles around? By approaching its best customers first.... Read More »

Buyers line up for AMG hypercar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Mercedes-AMG's new midengine hypercar will generate more than 1,000 hp from its F1-based drivetrain and cost more than $2 million when it arrives on the market at the end of 2018.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone

Nov. 19, 2016 06:15 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium segment because of their commitment to expanding their offerings in a part of the European market that used to be dominated by models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.... Read More »

Mercedes may back off diesels for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2016

With consumer demand dwindling, Mercedes-Benz is questioning whether to continue offering diesel vehicles in the U.S.... Read More »

Daimler, BMW, VW said to discuss extending EV charging network with German service station operator

Nov. 16, 2016 10:17 CET

Daimler, BMW and VW are in discussions with a German autobahn service station operator about extending the country's network of charging stations, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

Mercedes pickup won't be coming to U.S. -- for now, Exler says

8:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2016

Mercedes-Benz won't bring its new pickup to the U.S. market in 2017, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler said. But Exler didn't rule out becoming a pickup seller down the road.... Read More »

Mercedes-Maybach drops top with limited edition S-class cabriolet

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2016

Mercedes is expanding its Maybach line with a new limited-edition S-class convertible. It's the third entry in the company's Mercedes-Maybach subbrand. The company will produce just 300 of the vehicles worldwide and will distribute just 75 of them in the U.S.... Read More »

Zetsche tells German Green party he shares vision of zero-emission cars

Nov. 14, 2016 13:17 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche braved a frosty reception as the guest speaker at a party congress held by Germany's Green party, where he told delegates he too wants emissions-free cars on the roads.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Zetsche credits better design, product offensive for Mercedes' rise

Nov. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says there are three key elements to Mercedes' success. He discussed these in an interview while also explaining why he's bullish about electric cars, autonomous vehicles and the diesel engine.... Read More »

Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer

Nov. 10, 2016 11:31 CET

Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design officer. Wagener's styling of Mercedes cars has played a key role in boosting the brand so that it is now likely to pass BMW as the top-selling global premium brand.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

How Zetsche put Mercedes in position to overtake BMW in global luxury race

Nov. 7, 2016 06:01 CET

The launch of the latest S class in 2013 was a game changer for Mercedes and for CEO Dieter Zetsche. Three years later Mercedes is on the brink of passing BMW to reclaim the title of world's top-selling premium brand and sales and profits have never been better. The problem now is maintaining this success.... Read More »

 
VW raises stakes in fight to dominate China SUV market

Yang Jian
4:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 2017

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VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2017

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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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