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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 »

 

Plans for a Mercedes subcompact are a risk for Daimler

April 15, 2013 20:19 CET
Daimler could follow its German competitors into the market for premium subcompact cars but it will have to keep its costs down and volumes up to make money off any future Mercedes.... Read More »

 

Smart EV will offer rent-a-battery plan in U.S.

April 12, 2013 06:01 CET
Smart USA will offer customers who buy or lease its new electric-powered ForTwo the option of renting the car's lithium ion battery for a monthly fee.... Read More »

 

Smart EV will offer rent-a-battery plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2013
Smart USA will offer customers who buy or lease its new electric-powered ForTwo the option of renting the car's lithium ion battery for a monthly fee.... Read More »

 

SALES

Mercedes sales up 5.7% in March on strong U.S. demand

April 5, 2013 14:48 CET
Daimler said vehicle sales at its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit rose 5.7 percent to a record 150,430 units in March compared with the same month a year earlier because of strong U.S. demand and small gains in Europe and China.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Why Daimler should have more faith in Italy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2013
Daimler is one of the companies bracing itself against Italy's possible exit from the euro. The controversial move comes at a tense time for the country.... Read More »

 

Renault Twingo, Smarts will share rwd platform

Feb. 8, 2013 06:01 CET
The Smart ForFour will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with Renault's future Twingo, executives at Smart said.... Read More »

 

Daimler to sell Smarts via Twitter-like service in China

Jan. 17, 2013 06:01 CET
Daimler will sell a limited edition of its Smart ForTwo using a Twitter-like service in China as it tries to tap the country's 564 million Internet users.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Daimler's Smart factory: A very German and French operation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2013
A visit to Smart's car production plant in Hambach, France, offers a first-hand look at how the Daimler subsidiary gets two different cultures to work together.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Daimler's Smart factory: A very German and French operation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2012
A visit to Smart's car production plant in France offers a first-hand look at how the Daimler subsidiary gets two different cultures to work together.... Read More »

 

Mercedes Nov. sales up 5% as U.S. demand offsets China drop

Dec. 6, 2012 12:43 CET
Daimler said vehicle sales at its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit rose 5.3 percent to 128,768 in November, as rising U.S. volumes offset a decline in China.... Read More »

 

Smart touts price as a plus with next-generation EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
A new generation of electric car could give microcar brand Smart the momentum it needs until an all-new vehicle arrives in 2015, says Tracey Matura, general manger of Smart USA.... Read More »

 

Mercedes global car sales rise 6% in October, but China demand falls

Nov. 7, 2012 11:10 CET
Daimler's premium brand, Mercedes, sold 6 percent more cars globally in October, but endured another weak month in the key growth market of China.... Read More »

 

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