Daimler

China finds Mercedes guilty of price fixing, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 10:53 CET
Mercedes has been found guilty of manipulating prices for aftersales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Foreign automakers have been under scrutiny in China amid reports by state media that they are overcharging consumers....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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YANG JIAN

Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them....
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Mercedes, Audi success boosts Hungary economy

Aug. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Increased vehicle output by Mercedes and Audi is giving Hungary's economy a boost. Gross Domestic Product rose by 3.9 percent in the second quarter, the Hungarian Central Statistics Office said....
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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....
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Audi, Mercedes gain on BMW in global sales race

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi and Mercedes are closing in on global premium sales leader BMW as the race between the three tightened last month....
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Kia joins Bentley in wooing the 1% crowd at Pebble Beach

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The number of automotive brands making an appearance at the classic-car events in Pebble Beach, California, this week reflects the increasing number of automakers fighting for a piece of the luxury new-vehicle market. High-end car sales, fueled both by more mass-market brands offering upscale models and more premium marques offering lower priced choices, have outpaced the U.S. auto industry's growth since 2012....
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Europe group questions China antitrust probes

Aug. 13, 2014 13:25 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent series of antitrust investigations, saying China was using strong-arm tactics and appeared to be unfairly targeting foreign firms....
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Audi will 'accept penalty' in China anti-monopoly probe

Aug. 12, 2014 10:57 CET
Audi will accept punishment from Chinese authorities for breaching anti-monopoly laws in the world's largest car market, according to a statement from the automaker....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW, others lead shake-up of once-closed Korea

Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Korean automakers may threaten the global dominance of automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota, but they are losing ground at home to foreign brands -- especially premium automakers such as BMW and Mercedes....
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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....
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Supply of new Mercedes GLA will be tight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz USA expects its GLA compact crossover to be in short supply when the vehicle debuts in September because of the segment's growing popularity....
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Daimler deepens its product ties with Aston Martin

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Daimler will supply Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts to extend a product alliance that started last year....
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Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year....
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EDITORIALS

Who's to blame for luxury vehicle gray market? Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
A booming gray market of mostly European luxury vehicles being exported from here to China is unnecessarily roiling the U.S. auto market....
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Mercedes moves C class up and away from CLA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
The new-generation C-class sedan moves up in price, size and features because it's no longer the entry car into the Mercedes-Benz lineup....
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BMW's global sales advance 8% in July but lead over Audi shrinks

7:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
BMW's global lead over German rival Audi is shrinking, despite increasing deliveries in July, as the luxury-car leader posts lower volume growth in the United States and Europe. July was the third month this year that saw Audi outsell BMW, which has been the luxury sales leader since overtaking Mercedes-Benz in 2005....
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BMW cuts spare-part prices in China amid antitrust investigation

10:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
BMW AG joined Mercedes-Benz and Audi in reducing prices of spare parts in China amid an antitrust investigation into the auto industry....
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Strong Chinese and U.S. demand lifts Mercedes' July sales 11%

Aug. 7, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes-Benz brand had its highest monthly sales to date in July, up 11 percent to 130,003 cars, boosted by strong demand for its compact cars and SUVs....
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China says it will punish Audi, Chrysler for monopoly behavior

Aug. 6, 2014 09:15 CET
China said it will punish Audi, Chrysler and 10 Japanese spare-parts makers for anti-trust violations. The Chinese government is scrutinizing pricing practices as the country becomes an increasingly important profit source for foreign automakers....
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Mercedes' office in China raided by anti-trust regulators

Aug. 5, 2014 11:15 CET
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz unit said it is cooperating with China's anti-monopoly authorities over an investigation into unspecified matters, after local Chinese media said the automaker's Shanghai office had been raided....
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Mercedes cuts Chinese parts prices under pressure from regulators

Aug. 4, 2014 08:10 CET
Mercedes will voluntarily cut the prices of more than 10,000 spare parts in China by an average of 15 percent from the beginning of September in response to pressure from China's anti-monopoly regulators....
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Daimler will raise its Aston Martin stake to 5% as it deepens ties with UK sports-car maker

Aug. 4, 2014 15:39 CET
Daimler will raise its stake in Aston Martin to 5% and supply the U.K. sports-car producer with electric and electronic parts to deepen an alliance that started last year....
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SELF-CONFIDENT

Mercedes-Benz's autonomous driving features dominate the industry -- and will for years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Silicon Valley is making waves with news about self-driving cars. But the most-advanced vehicles that consumers can actually buy today came out of Mercedes-Benz in Germany....
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'Our goal is to set the standard'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is trying something new with the redesigned 2015 C-class sedan. The car is assembled at the Mercedes plant in Alabama and its base engine is built by Infiniti in Tennessee. Also, the C class looks like a smaller version of the S-class sedan, and it has the optional $2,800 Intelligent Drive package of integrated safety features....
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