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Mercedes's 2013 sales growth beats gains at Audi

Jan. 10, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes cut into the sales lead of rival Audi last year as its growing compact-car range won new buyers to the brand.... Read More »

 

Daimler electrics get fake 'vroom' to thwart silent threat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2013
The development of artificially produced noise for electric cars has become more critical to carmakers as regulators look to require warning noises as soon as next year, while the rollout of more and more models forces manufacturers to seek ways to stand out. Synthetic motor noise could save lives and at the same time protect investments in electric cars.... Read More »

 

Daimler electrics get fake 'vroom' to thwart silent threat

Dec. 31, 2013 06:01 CET
The development of artificially produced noise for electric cars has become more critical to carmakers as regulators look to require warning noises as soon as next year, while the rollout of more and more models forces manufacturers to seek ways to stand out. Synthetic motor noise could save lives and at the same time protect investments in electric cars.... Read More »

 

Fiat takes aim at Daimler to win car-sharing customers in Italy

Dec. 17, 2013 06:01 CET
Fiat will support the Enjoy car-sharing service with a fleet of its top-selling four-seat 500 minicar, which will be offered to users at a lower price than the two-seat Smart ForTwos from Daimler's Car2Go program.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales rise 11% in November on robust China, U.S. demand

Dec. 5, 2013 11:48 CET
Mercedes brand's global sales grew 11 percent last month to a record 133,441 cars, thanks to demand for its refreshed E class, new compact models and strong sales in China and the U. S.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales rise 15% in October

Nov. 6, 2013 13:30 CET
Daimler said October sales for its Mercedes brand rose 15 percent because of strong demand for the new E class.... Read More »

 

Smart will unveil new ForTwo, ForFour models next year

Nov. 6, 2013 11:03 CET
Daimler's Smart brand is seeking to revive its fortunes with the release of two refreshed models, the ForTwo and ForFour, next year.... Read More »

 

Daimler wants to expand cooperation with Tesla

Oct. 31, 2013 17:24 CET
Daimler would like to expand its cooperation with Tesla Motors, Bodo Uebber, the automaker's chief financial officer said. Tesla currently supplies electric motors and batteries to Daimler.... Read More »

 

Daimler wants to expand cooperation with Tesla

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2013
Daimler would like to expand its cooperation with Tesla Motors, a top Daimler executive said today. Tesla is supplying electric motors and batteries to Daimler for its Smart Fortwo EV and the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class EV that goes on sale next year in the United States and Europe.... Read More »

 

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Mercedes tech boss expects B-class EV to top BMW i3, others

Oct. 11, 2013 06:15 CET
Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber believes that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 and other competitors in the fast-growing EV segment.... Read More »

 

Ghosn says Renault, Nissan could use new premium-car platform

Sept. 19, 2013 06:01 CET
A new compact car platform under discussion between Daimler and Renault-Nissan could be used for non-premium cars sold by Renault and Nissan.... Read More »

 

FourJoy reveals stats of Smart ForFour

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
The FourJoy concept Smart will unveil at the Frankfurt auto show this week is a preview -- minus the doors and roof -- of the second-generation ForFour, a four-seater bound for the United States in 2015.... Read More »

 

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Smart previews new four-seat model with FourJoy concept

4:19 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013
Smart says its FourJoy concept previews its new four-seat model that will go on sale in 2014.... Read More »

 

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Smart previews new four-seat model with FourJoy concept

Sept. 6, 2013 10:19 CET
Smart says its FourJoy concept previews its new four-seat model that will go on sale in 2014.... Read More »

 

The long and short of it: Hummer, Smart top list of embarrassments

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
The tiny Smart ForTwo was the winner -- meaning loser -- in a recent highly unscientific CarInsurance.com poll that asked 1,500 respondents to pick from a list of 12 possibilities the car that would be "embarrassing to be seen in."... Read More »

 

Daimler plans to expand Smart brand in China

Aug. 11, 2013 18:34 CET
Daimler's Smart brand plans to introduce more models and expand its sales network in China. The carmaker aims to launch an electric version of its Smart ForTwo and also add a new four-seat model that is being developed with Renault.... Read More »

 

Next-gen Smart ForTwo is still 2 years away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Until the redesigned ForTwo arrives, Smart doesn't expect U.S. sales to grow much.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales rise 8% in June on China demand

July 4, 2013 09:47 CET
Daimler said global sales of its Mercedes-Benz premium brand rose 8 percent in June to 131,609 cars, the best-ever level recorded for that month, powered by strong demand from China.... Read More »

 

THE FUN FACTOR

New Smart boss says marketing will stress brand's quirky appeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
Mark Webster, a lanky, red-haired Californian who became head of Smart U.S.A. last month, expects little sales growth for the brand in the next two years despite the arrival of an electric vehicle and plans for four special-edition models.... Read More »

 

Mercedes, BMW to skip summer breaks to meet demand outside Europe

June 6, 2013 06:01 CET
Daimler will largely refrain from taking a traditional summer break at its car factories with models like the revamped Mercedes E class and new CLA keeping assembly lines busy. BMW Group is also either preparing for new models or keeping plants churning out cars to meet demand.... Read More »

 

Mercedes gets May sales boost from compacts

June 5, 2013 14:50 CET
Sales at Daimler premium brand Mercedes increased 7 percent to 121,360 vehicles in May, a record for the month, primarily because of strong demand for the automaker's new compact models. Sales of Mercedes compacts such as the A class increased 66 percent in May.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

A smart idea for EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2013
Smart USA's plan to allow customers who buy or lease the electric-powered ForTwo to lease the car's lithium ion battery is a worthy experiment. It removes another obstacle to EV acceptance by taking the heavy cost of the battery out of the vehicle purchase price. And Smart says it also minimizes anxiety that the battery will give out before the car.... Read More »

 

Smart: Battery rental will ease consumers' EV anxiety

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
Smart USA says it can ease consumer jitters about EVs by offering customers who buy or lease the electric-powered ForTwo that went on sale last week the option of renting the car's lithium ion battery.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Can battery rental reduce consumer jitters with EVs? Smart thinks so

2:02 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Consumers have a lot of gripes about the battery life in high-tech products. Batteries seem to conk out way before the products do. Small wonder there's even more anxiety about electric vehicle batteries.... Read More »

 

Mercedes USA names new Smart general manager

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2013
Mercedes-Benz USA appointed a new general manager of the Smart brand and is transferring the head of the company-owned Mercedes-Benz Manhattan dealership in New York to a corporate position in Montvale, N.J.... Read More »

 

 
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