Mercedes-Benz

M-B exec: S class 'is now our flagship platform'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus cars....
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RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. The gyrations some automakers perform to avoid the 25 percent tariff seem wasteful and crazy....
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BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Mercedes gives Maybach interior the silent treatment

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
One of the highlights of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 superluxury sedan is something you're not supposed to notice: noise, or more precisely, the lack of it....
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Mercedes presents Maybach S class as luxury executive cocoon

Nov. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes's new Maybach version of its flagship S class is challenging Bentley and Rolls-Royce for supremacy among customers who enjoy a chauffeured car's back seat....
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Maybach returns with lavish interior, lower price

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
After falling short of attempts to sell an ultraluxury sedan to compete with Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Mercedes-Benz is resurrecting the historic Maybach badge but setting lower expectations....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET
Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market....
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Daimler to revive Maybach with 3 sedans but no SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Daimler plans three variants of its ultraluxury Maybach version of the flagship S-class sedan, including one aimed at Chinese buyers. But the company has ruled out a Maybach SUV for now....
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American Axle hires former Mich. car czar Francis

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Nigel Francis, former car czar for the state of Michigan, has been appointed as vice president of corporate planning for American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit....
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M-B tweaks model names

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
In the interest of "logic and transparency," Mercedes-Benz plans new names for almost every model other than the core A, C, E and S class....
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M-B: U.S. to be main market for new sports car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The United States will be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT and is expected to account for 25 percent of the car's worldwide volume....
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Zetsche sees significant AMG-MV Agusta synergies

Nov. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche sees big cross-marketing opportunities for the Mercedes-AMG performance unit and motorcycle maker MV Agusta because customers of both brands have a lot in common....
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Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide principles to handle consumer data and safeguard individual privacy going forward....
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Mercedes-AMG GT targets Porsche 911

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is using the tag line “Handcrafted by Racers: a sports car in its purest form,” for the new GT sports car, emphasizing the car’s development by Mercedes’ AMG performance unit....
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Zetsche: Daimler has no ambition to run Aston Martin

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says his company has no plans to increase its stake in Aston Martin or involve itself in operational matters at the UK sports car maker. Daimler supplies Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts and V-8 engines....
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Mercedes introduces new names for its vehicles to avoid customer confusion

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, hoping to overcome consumer confusion as its product lineup expands, is overhauling the nomenclature used to identify its cars and light trucks. The moves comes as it prepares for the launch of 30 models -- including 11 all-new vehicles -- by 2020....
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Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-class cars in U.S. for steering defect

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 10,509 C-class compacts from model year 2015 in the United States because some cars can lose steering function at low speed....
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Q&A

Daimler exec: Cars will be part of Internet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Ralf Lamberti, manager of the connected-car area at Daimler AG, says the car is becoming "a part of the Internet," meaning it will be "able to communicate with its environment and other vehicles."...
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Maybach to make its comeback in L.A.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will unveil its Mercedes-Maybach S600 sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month....
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M-B Metris van targets fleet buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The midsize Mercedes-Benz cargo and passenger van coming next year will be called the Metris in North America....
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M-B bolsters service with concierge program

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has launched a product specialist program for dealerships and aims to train 1,600 employees through the program by the end of next year....
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Mercedes gears up for its 3rd Super Bowl appearance

4:27 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Automakers' plans for the Super Bowl in February are beginning to emerge. Mercedes-Benz has bought time in the big game, according to Donna Boland, a spokeswoman for the company. The news was reported earlier Friday by The New York Times....
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Mercedes sales rise to new record in October, boosted by China demand

Nov. 7, 2014 11:35 CET
Daimler said vehicle sales at its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit, which includes the Mercedes and Smart brands, rose 8 percent to 146,112 in October....
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