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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 and Renault-Nissan break ground in Mexico

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 2015

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have broken ground for their joint venture manufacturing complex COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. The factory will build premium compact vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.


Daimler Brazil to reduce production hours by 20%

Graeme Roberts | 1 Sep 2015

Daimler has decided to reduce the hours of production by 20% instead of sacking 1,500 employees in its Brazilian truck making division.


GM strike ends as Mercedes truck workers walk

Fernando Calmon | 25 Aug 2015

A strike over job cuts at a General Motors plant in Brazil has ended but trouble has now broken out at a Mercedes factory in the country.


Rane TRW opens airbag manufacturing plant

Simon Warburton | 25 Aug 2015

Rane TRW Steering Systems Occupant Safety Division - a 50:50 joint venture between Rane group and ZF TRW - has opened an airbag manufacturing plant located near its seatbelt factory in Singaperumal Koil, Chennai.


IAA: Mercedes-Benz adds C-Class Coupe

Dave Leggett | 14 Aug 2015

Mercedes-Benz is adding a Coupé to its C-Class family, which will be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt Show.


Daimler, BMW, Audi, to acquire HERE mapping

Simon Warburton | 11 Aug 2015

Audi, BMW Group and Daimler say they have reached agreement with Nokia Corporation to acquire its mapping and location services business, HERE.


Nexen Tire is Manchester City official partner

Simon Warburton | 7 Aug 2015

Nexen Tire says it has become an official partner of Manchester City Football Club as a part of the company's sports marketing plan.


Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

Bill Cawthon | 4 Aug 2015

Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.


Audi, BMW, Daimler buying Nokia's Here maps

Graeme Roberts | 3 Aug 2015

Audi, BMW Group and Daimler have agreed to buy Nokia Corporation's mapping and location services business Here.


Alliance-Daimler JV to build and run factory

Graeme Roberts | 28 Jul 2015

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have formed a joint venture company to oversee the building and operation of the Mexican factory that eventually will build Mercedes and Infiniti models.


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.

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

Daimler AG - Strategy and SWOT Report

Daimler AG - Strategy and SWOT Report, is a source of comprehensive company data and information. The report covers the company’s structure, operation, SWOT analysis, product and service offerings and...

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

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Daimler AG (Daimler) is an automobile company. It undertakes the manufacture, distribution and sales of premium passenger cars, commercial vehicles and related spare part and accessories....

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