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THE WEEK THAT WAS: The car he said he'd never do?

Starter for 10 - what new car headed for launch at Frankfurt next September is a vehicle the chief designer swore he'd never do?...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Tomorrow’s rearview mirrors

Matthew Beecham | 1 Jun 2015

The rearview mirror has been transformed over the last decade into a high-tech electronic module, writes Matthew Beecham. Tomorrow’s mirrors will feature even more, including lights, cameras, displays and controls.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dawn returns again...

Dave Leggett | 15 May 2015

We heard this week that Toyota and Mazda are interested in working together in the future. Toyota is obviously the bigger player, but Mazda has some interesting plus points, not least its Skyactiv powertrain technology that improves ICE efficiency.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW's 'master tactician' falls

Graeme Roberts | 1 May 2015

The big news of the week[end] was the failure of Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch to unseat CEO Martin Winterkorn, as we reported here and here.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The year is flying by...

Graeme Roberts | 17 Apr 2015

Dunno 'bout you but 2015 seems to be flying by waaaay too fast - where did yet another week go?

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Shell's Dr. Jens Sommer

Calum MacRae | 11 Nov 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.

Q&A with Allison Transmission

Matthew Beecham | 13 Oct 2014

Allison, the automatic transmission specialists, is rolling out FuelSense, a fuel-saving solution that automatically adjusts shift schedules, selects neutral and manages vehicle acceleration to maximise transmission fuel economy. Last month, Kenworth became the third OEM to adopt the package. Manlio Alvaro, director of EMEA Marketing, tells just-auto that testing indicates FuelSense has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent when compared to the previous generation of Allison Electronic Controls without these fuel saving feature

Latest News

Daimler sets more records in second quarter

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jul 2015

Daimler has booked record unit sales, revenue and earnings for the second quarter of 2015.

VW’s truck business to be based in Braunschweig

Dave Leggett | 22 Jul 2015

Volkswagen plans to set up the headquarters of Truck & Bus - its new truck business - in Braunschweig, which is around 25km from the automaker's own headquarters in Wolfsburg.

Magna to buy Getrag for US$1.9bn

Simon Warburton | 16 Jul 2015

Magna says it has inked an agreement to acquire automotive transmissions supplier, Getrag Group in a deal worth EUR1.75bn (US$1.9bn).

Sensor boost key to autonomous in decade: Daimler

Simon Warburton | 15 Jul 2015

Daimler estimates autonomous cars will be on specially selected highways within the decade as sensor technology progressively upgrades

Daimler India builds first BharatBenz bus

Graeme Roberts | 14 Jul 2015

Daimler has completed the first BharatBenz bus at its Oragadam plant in Chennai.

Mercedes-Benz car sales hit half-year record

Dave Leggett | 7 Jul 2015

Mercedes-Benz recorded the highest half-year sales figures in the company's history with 898,425 vehicles delivered to customers in the first six months of 2015 (+14.7%).

Mercedes-Benz details Rastatt compact car plans

Graeme Roberts | 1 Jul 2015

Daimler has announced more details of plans for its Mercedes-Benz Rastatt car plant which will produce the next generation compact cars.

Daimler Fuso e-Truck trials conclude successfully

Chris Wright | 30 Jun 2015

Trials of Daimler's Fuso battery electric, zero emission trucks have been completed in a research project co-funded by the Portuguese government through IAPMEI, the Public Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation.

New head for Daimler/Foton truck joint venture

Graeme Roberts | 30 Jun 2015

With effect from 1 July 2015, Zhou Liang (48) will succeed Wu Yuejun (52) and become the new president and CEO of Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive (BFDA), the 50/50 joint venture between Daimler and truck manufacturer Foton.

Daimler's Smart adds MirrorLink smartphone connect

Graeme Roberts | 29 Jun 2015

Daimler's Smart brand is adding, er, smartphone integration to its 2016 model year line using MirrorLink. Orders open on 3 July and the first vehicles will be delivered in September.

GAZ looks to Tier 3 and beyond in supplier focus

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

Russian producer, GAZ Group says it has "supplier visibility" down to Tier 3 level and even further as it looks to leverage the possibly short-lived advantage of a rouble under pressure.

Mercedes/GAZ cautious on Russia production numbers

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz says it will not produce more Sprinter vans in Russia than the market demands as partner GAZ also acts cautiously in the current volatile economic environment.

Daimler India starts shipping LHD Fuso to Cambodia

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jun 2015

Daimler has started exporting left hand drive Fuso trucks from India to Cambodia.

GAZ looks to drive RUB5bn cost savings this year

Simon Warburton | 19 Jun 2015

GAZ Group says it aims to achieve RUB5bn (US$93m) in cost savings this year as it prepares to launch its new full metal van based on the Gazelle Next chassis.

Chinese may buy east Germany Mercedes dealerships

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

Daimler might sell its Mercedes dealerships in eastern Germany to China-based Lei Shing Hong, Stuttgarter Zeitung reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Daimler expands with new bus plant

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

After recently opening a new bus plant in India, Daimler said it was further expanding its bus business in Latin America: wholly owned subsidiary Daimler Colombia is opening a new bus plant in Funza near Bogotá with an installed capacity of 4,000 units per year.

Daimler recalls 40,061 vans over airbag issue

Graeme Roberts | 15 Jun 2015

Daimler Vans USA (DVUSA) is recalling 40,061 2007-2008 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 and 2006-2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles manufactured from 1 July 2005 to 31 July 2008.

Bosch and Daimler start automated parking pilot

Simon Warburton | 12 Jun 2015

Bosch and Daimler have started a joint pilot project, car2go, to allow vehicles to drive themselves to a free parking space and return afterwards.

Daimler's smart will not add an SUV or roadster

Dave Leggett | 11 Jun 2015

Daimler's small car brand has no plans to add an SUV, according to the brand's CEO.

Mercedes-Benz sales remain on the up

Graeme Roberts | 8 Jun 2015

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars brand sold 151,135 vehicles in May worldwide, up 12.8% year on year.

Toll payment simplified with FleetBoard system

Chris Wright | 4 Jun 2015

Road toll payment has Been made simpler for the Hungarian road network through Daimler’s FleetBoard telematics system which enables electronic payment.

Mercedes South Africa plant builds car #1,000,000

Graeme Roberts | 28 May 2015

Daimler's South African Mercedes-Benz plant in East London, Eastern Cape province, has built its one millionth passenger car - a white, right hand drive, C-Class sedan.

Latest blogs

On this day...

Dave Leggett | 11 Sep 2014

Here we are again. September 11. On that day in 2001, I was in Frankfurt at the auto show.

Driver fined for wearing Google Glass

Glenn Brooks | 1 Nov 2013

Daimler might be one manufacturer that is enthusiastic about Google Glass but it seems a highway patrol officer in California was less than happy to see someone wearing the specs.

Company research

Daimler AG (Formerly DaimlerChrysler AG) - Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Partnerships & Alliances and Investment Report

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Daimler AG - Strategy and SWOT Report

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Daimler AG (DAI) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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