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Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.


EU heavy truck market sees 19.4% gain in 2015; pos

9 February 2016

Recent data from ACEA confirm that 2015 was a year of positive growth for the EU27 heavy (16t and over) truck market, the 260,135 sales total representing a gain of 42,269 units, or 19.4% versus the previous year's 217,866-unit result.


Briefing - ADAS highlights at CES

18 January 2016

Among those traditional automakers taking space at this year’s consumer electronics show (CES) – and stealing much of the limelight - were Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Hyundai-Kia and VW. Presentations from new names such as Faraday Future and potential disrupters Google and Apple gave the show an extra buzz. The accent was on personalisation of the driver experience via cloud connectivity, shared autonomous vehicles and even drone technology. In this month’s management briefing – the first of two parts – we draw on automakers’ plans for partial- and fully-autonomous cars to see what we can learn from it all. Our second part turns the spotlight on supplier ADAS innovations - from Autoliv to ZF TRW - that caught our eye in Vegas and Detroit over the past few weeks.


NA Class 8 truck sector under mounting pressure

10 December 2015

Volvo Trucks North America’s decision to cut the workforce at its Virginia truck plant by around 25% in February 2016, is likely to send shivers through the entire North American heavy truck manufacturing sector. It is also a somewhat unfortunate baptism for Martin Lundstedt, the former president and CEO of major rival Scania, who replaced Olof Persson as Volvo president and CEO on 22 October.

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HERE Automotive on strategies to support autonomou

1 February 2016

At the 2016 CES, Cat Dow talked with Floris Van Der Klashorst, vice-president of HERE Automotive. HERE's a creator of connected navigation solutions and since December 2015 has been owned by an alliance of the German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler.


Q&A with Magna Closures

28 November 2014

Magna Closures designs, engineers and manufactures a range of vehicle closure modules, systems and components for the automotive industry. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to David O'Connell, Vice President – Global Engineering and R&D, Magna Mirrors & Magna Closures about the company’s SmartLatch, PureView sliding window and how it strikes a balance between providing a door which improves side-crash safety yet reduces overall vehicle weight.


Q&A with TI Automotive

17 November 2014

Emissions legislation, weight, packaging, safety and cost are the main factors driving fuel tank innovation. Matthew Beecham talked to Albert Boecker, Product & Advanced Engineering Director, Global Fuel Tank Systems, TI Automotive about the supplier’s fuel system technology and what can be done about ‘fuel slosh’.


INTERVIEW: Shell's Dr. Jens Sommer

11 November 2014

Dr. Jens Sommer has worked as Senior Transmission Expert in Shell Global Solutions in Germany since 2010. Currently, he is based at Shell's new Technology Centre in Shanghai to support local OEMs. As Senior Transmission Expert, Dr. Sommer is in charge of manual transmission and dry dual clutch transmission fluid development activities, which covers passenger cars as well as heavy duty applications.

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just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Maybach presents S 600 Pullman Guard

23 September 2016

The absolute flagship model from Mercedes-Maybach with face-to-face seating configuration behind the glass partition is now also available to order as a Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard. As a result, heads of state and other individuals at particular risk...


just-auto Plus only DEKRA test results for Mercedes-Benz trucks

23 September 2016

Despite drastically more stringent emission standards for nitrogen oxides and particulates, the fuel consumption of heavy trucks has been reduced by 22% over the last 20 years. This has now been proved by a comparative test drive certified by the test...


Paris show world debuts list - Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

22 September 2016

Ferrari will reveal an additional version of the four-wheel drive, four-seat GTC4Lusso at the Paris motor show. The GTC4Lusso T retains the four-wheel steering system of the existing V12-engined car but is powered by a 449kW/610CV 3,855cc turbocharged V8 and has rear-wheel drive.


Smart delivers 100 cars Forcops

22 September 2016

Smart USA has delivered the first 100 Fortwo vehicles to the New York police and a further 150 cars have been ordered.


just-auto Plus only Fuso premiers all electric eCanter at IAA show

21 September 2016

Fuso is presenting the third generation of the world's first all-electric light-duty truck, in the guise of the eCanter, at the Daimler stand in hall 14/15 at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show. With this move Fuso is announcing the start of a small...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz begins startup partnership challenge

19 September 2016

With "Startup adVANce", a big-scale startup partnership challenge, Mercedes-Benz Vans is starting its search for intelligent solutions relating to the transport of goods and passengers. As part of its recently introduced strategic initiative adVANce...


just-auto Plus only Daimler names new CEO of car2go

15 September 2016

Olivier Reppert takes over as CEO of Car2go on 1 October, 2016. The 42-year old succeeds Roland Keppler, who is moving to Tuifly. Reppert was previously the head of brand and product management for smart. Klaus Entenmann, chairman of the board of Daimler...


World's largest 2nd-use battery storage starts up

13 September 2016

The world's largest second-use battery storage, a 13MWh project, is now nearing completion after construction time of just under a year: 1,000 battery systems from second generation Daimler Smart Fortwo electric cars are being grouped in Lünen, Westphalia.


just-auto Plus only Fuso launches new heavy-duty truck in Kenya

13 September 2016

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, cooperating with Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA), has launched the highest powered...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz presents Vision Van concept

12 September 2016

The Vision Van from Mercedes-Benz Vans is a revolutionary van study for the urban environment. As an integrated system, the vehicle merges a number of innovative technologies for last-mile delivery operations and thus sets the standard of performance...


Mercedes-Benz Vans looks beyond the vehicle

7 September 2016

Mercedes-Benz Vans said it would no longer be a mere manufacturer of vans and associated services but would "evolve into a provider of customer-focused holistic system solutions".


Drone logistics firm partners with Mercedes-Benz

7 September 2016

Autonomous drone logistics systems developer Matternet is forming a strategic partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans to create the "future of delivery".


‘Starship’ robot delivery partners with Mercedes

7 September 2016

Starship Technologies, a start-up specialising in sidewalk robots for urban delivery, has announced a partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans to develop ’Robovan’, described as "the world’s first transportation system integrating specially-adapted vans with autonomous delivery robots to allow efficient delivery of goods in neighbourhoods".


SUVs drive Mercedes-Benz sales up 12% in August

6 September 2016

Mercedes-Benz delivered more than 156,000 vehicles globally in August – an increase of 11.8% on last year. It said the main contribution towards the increase came from the strong rise in unit sales of SUVs of approximately 40%.


just-auto Plus only New Mercedes-Benz Conecto makes its world premiere

6 September 2016

Daimler Buses is reinforcing its sales position in the Middle East and Eastern European markets with a new generation of the Mercedes-Benz Conecto urban bus family. These markets are characterised by price-sensitive tendering business and a particularly strong...


Mercedes-Benz Vans launches Chinese made Vito

5 September 2016

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans launched its new, locally made mid-size van – the Vito – in China at the Chengdu motor show.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz USA August 2016 sales rise 0.1%

5 September 2016

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), on 2 September 2016, reported record August sales of 28,404 vehicles, increasing 0.1% from the 28,373 vehicles sold during the same month last year. Mercedes-Benz Vans also reported best-ever August sales with 3,152 units, up 39.5%...


just-auto Plus only Detroit solutions optimise Freightliner Cascadia

5 September 2016

Every facet of the new Freightliner Cascadia has been optimised to reach higher levels of efficiency and performance. The updated, integrated Detroit Powertrain is at the core of those achievements. “We challenged ourselves to find ways to make an...


just-auto Plus only DTNA launches new Freightliner Cascadia

5 September 2016

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) presented its new flagship in the heavy-duty Class 8 in Colorado Springs, Colorado yesterday: The new Freightliner Cascadia. With this truck, Freightliner continues the successful path of the predecessors Cascadia and...


just-auto Plus only Detroit launches its new connectivity platform

5 September 2016

Detroit on 2 September 2016, announced the introduction of Detroit Connect Analytics, which will be available through the new connectivity platform launching with the introduction of the new Freightliner Cascadia. Analytics, which is part of the Detroit...


just-auto Plus only Bosch/Mercedes launch smart parking project

5 September 2016

The daily search for parking is often a source of stress and frustration, especially if it takes up as much time as the actual journey. And yet cars are constantly driving past available parking spaces without actually parking there. Wouldn’t it be nice...


Mercedes Brazil starts building GLA

2 September 2016

Five months after the official plant opening in Brazil, Mercedes-Benz has started production of the second model at its new passenger car assembly plant in Iracemápolis - the GLA compact SUV is flexibly assembled on the same line as the C-Class sedan. Both models are the brand's best sellers in Brazil's premium market.


just-auto Plus only IIHS LATCH hardware evaluation shows improvement

2 September 2016

Buckling precious cargo into a late-model vehicle has gotten a bit easier in the past year, the institute's LATCH ease-of-use ratings show. IIHS launched its ratings of child seat installation hardware in vehicles in June 2015. Out of 102 vehicles rated...


SUV surge continues in China

1 September 2016

Although worries persist over the long-term outlook for China’s vehicle market, analysis of the latest sales data shows that the SUV segment is continuing to show strong growth that is benefitting Japanese and domestic brands in particular.


Daimler makes replacement parts ordering easier

1 September 2016

Daimler has announced all Mercedes-Benz Trucks 'genuine parts' can now be ordered via the global, cross-brand replacement parts platform partslink24.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz launches GLE 400 4MATIC in India

31 August 2016

The country’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz launched for the first time, a petrol variant of its highest selling SUV, the GLE. The GLE has been an outright best seller SUV for Mercedes-Benz in India and has created new benchmark in the segment....


Valmet says Uusikaupunki ready for Mercedes GLC

25 August 2016

Contract vehicle assembler Valmet Automotive said paint process and the assembly shop changes needed to build the Mercedes Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant had been completed.


just-auto Plus only Thomas Built Buses appoints new VP engineering

25 August 2016

Thomas Built Buses has named Leslie D. Kilgore vice president of engineering. Kilgore will oversee the design, development, research and testing of new technologies and innovations for Thomas Built Buses, including those in the BusWise Technologies...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz US announces management changes

25 August 2016

Mercedes-Benz US (MBUSA) on 24 August 2016, announced new appointments within its senior management team both at corporate headquarters in Atlanta, GA and in its regional offices. All appointments take effect immediately. Bob Yeatman: Regional general...


just-auto Plus only US agencies invest to develop vehicle technologies

24 August 2016

On 16 August, as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly adopted a second round of standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, the Energy...

Daimler Group news

Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l'Automob...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Maybach presents S 600 Pullman Guard

23 September 2016

The absolute flagship model from Mercedes-Maybach with face-to-face seating configuration behind...


just-auto Plus only DEKRA test results for Mercedes-Benz trucks

23 September 2016

Despite drastically more stringent emission standards for nitrogen oxides and particulates, the f...


Paris show world debuts list - Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

22 September 2016

Ferrari will reveal an additional version of the four-wheel drive, four-seat GTC4Lusso at the Par...


Smart delivers 100 cars Forcops

22 September 2016

Smart USA has delivered the first 100 Fortwo vehicles to the New York police and a further 150 ca...


just-auto Plus only Fuso premiers all electric eCanter at IAA show

21 September 2016

Fuso is presenting the third generation of the world's first all-electric light-duty truck, i...



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