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Car2Go poised to top 1-million users

Nov. 13, 2014 10:19 CET
Daimler's Car2Go car-sharing unit will have more than 1 million registered users by the end of the year, a company executive said, up from 900,000 now. The company aims to double penetration to 50 cities by 2016 with an emphasis on China.... Read More »

 

Daimler lifted by jump in third-quarter earnings at Mercedes

Oct. 14, 2014 11:21 CET
Daimler reported a 29 percent jump in quarterly core earnings at Mercedes-Benz Cars, surprising investors wary of an economic slowdown.... Read More »

 

Mercedes has best-ever monthly sales, helped by new models, China

Oct. 7, 2014 15:20 CET
Mercedes had its best month for vehicle sales in the company's 88-year history in September, benefiting from new models and surging demand in China.... Read More »

 

Mercedes' August sales rise 10% on demand for compacts

Sept. 5, 2014 11:42 CET
Mercedes says it is on course for a record sales year after brand sales increased by 10 percent in August, bringing eight-month volume to 1.03 million. The brand's expanding compact car range is helping to boost volume.... Read More »

 

Daimler to recall 50,000 Smarts in China

Aug. 15, 2014 12:33 CET
Daimler is recalling about 50,000 Smart ForTwos in China. Authorities identified that vibrations can cause the V-belt, an engine component that drives the cooling fan and the alternator, to tear.... Read More »

 

German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes.... Read More »

 

For Smart, ForTwo is the 1

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The Smart ForTwo is being redesigned and it comes to the United States in August 2015. Smart decided not to sell the slightly larger four-seat ForFour in the United States. The ForFour goes on sale in Europe late this year, and executives say U.S. sales wouldn't be high enough to warrant the costs of homologation.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help.... Read More »

 

Smart: New ForTwo gets EV, drop-top

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater it unveiled here last week.... Read More »

 

Daimler seeks boost for Smart from new 4-seat model

July 16, 2014 16:10 CET
Smart took the wraps off a four-seat model that it hopes will give the small-car brand a more solid foundation. The new ForFour was unveiled alongside the latest version of the ForTwo two-seater, currently the brand's only model.... Read More »

 

Daimler to unveil new Smart 4- and 2-seat cars

July 16, 2014 12:02 CET
The new-generation Smart ForFour and ForTwo will be unveiled today. The arrival of the ForFour gives the Daimler subsidiary a second model in its European portfolio for the first time since 2006.... Read More »

 

Daimler seeks to jumpstart Smart with revamped ForTwo, new 4-seat model

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Smart took the wraps off a four-seat model that it hopes will give the small-car brand a more solid foundation. The new ForFour was unveiled today alongside the latest version of the ForTwo two-seater.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales rise 10% in May on C class, compacts

June 6, 2014 12:45 CET
Mercedes' global brand sales rose 10 percent in May, helped by demand for the new C class and the carmaker's growing lineup of compacts.... Read More »

 

Daimler boss bullish on new ForFour

May 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche believes the all-new Smart ForFour minicar will be commercially successful and should help the brand further strengthen its balance sheet.... Read More »

 

M-B drops subcompact proposal; bigger Smart car may rival Audi A1

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
After thinking it over, Mercedes-Benz has decided not to build a car smaller than its A-class subcompact.... Read More »

 

3 IS THE NEW 4

Can 3-cylinder engines overcome their wimpy reputation?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Engineers have solved the technical problems that dogged the three-cylinder engine in the 1980s and early '90s. But even with turbochargers, it may take a while for the triple to outrun its historical baggage.... Read More »

 

Renault's EV plans hit by weak demand

May 23, 2014 10:04 CET
Renault has been forced to re-think its ambitious electric vehicle plans, a top executive said. "We're not in a situation where the market has followed our forecasts," Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll said.... Read More »

 

Mercedes drops proposal for subcompacts

May 19, 2014 11:20 CET
The smallest Mercedes will remain the A-class compact, although the Smart brand could expand into subcompacts, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales rise 14% in April on C-class, compacts

May 6, 2014 13:08 CET
Mercedes brand sales rose 14 percent in April helped by demand for the newly launched C class and the automaker's growing compact lineup.... Read More »

 

Daimler to increase cost cuts to narrow profit gap with BMW, Audi

April 9, 2014 15:39 CET
Daimler will continue to cut costs at Mercedes-Benz to help its premium brand narrow the profitability gap with rivals BMW and Audi.... Read More »

 

Mercedes breaks global record for single-month sales

April 4, 2014 12:26 CET
Mercedes set a new company record for global sales in a single month as March volume rose 13 percent to 158,523 vehicles. Demand for the E class and Mercedes' growing lineup of compacts is driving the growth.... Read More »

 

Daimler mulls production of Mercedes cars in Russia

April 1, 2014 15:51 CET
Daimler is examining whether to build Mercedes-Benz cars in Russia as it seeks to expand its global production base and overtake German rivals BMW and Audi to become the world's top-selling premium automaker.... Read More »

 

70% of Twingo's components -- but not styling -- come from Smart cars

March 18, 2014 06:01 CET
The new Smart ForTwo and ForFour will share up to 70 percent of their components with the redesigned Renault Twingo, but they will bear no resemblance to the new Twingo.... Read More »

 

Mini Paceman, Coupe and Roadster may not be replaced

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Mini may not replace its Coupe, Roadster and Paceman models.... Read More »

 

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