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Brands related to this company: Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz, Smart

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BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list

8 May 2018

Multiple brands revealed concept, prototype and production model world premieres during the press preview days of AutoChina 2018. The show has just closed its doors to the public.


BMW and Daimler see common new mobility cause

4 April 2018

We live in interesting times in the automotive business, for sure. Everyone is talking about driverless cars, connected cars, electric cars and the emergence of the 'sharing economy'. But we don't quite know how these things will actually play out, how much disruption is really ahead.


Mercedes X-Class reinvents luxury pick-up segment

22 March 2018

If we overlook the Lincoln Mark LT and Cadillac Escalade EXT, discontinued ten and five years ago respectively, Mercedes-Benz is the first luxury brand with a global reach to launch a pick-up. Will the new X-Class succeed in the parts of the world - and North America isn't one of them - where Mercedes-Benz Vans has begun to sell it?


Is Jaguar now an SUV oriented brand too?

27 February 2018

This piece was initially prompted by the appearance of the new Volvo V60, to universal acclaim, which brought a wistful thought from me that it was a shame that Jaguar doesn’t have a wagon version of its XE as a competitor. From the initial pictures the V60 appears to be a fantastic looking car with all the usual virtues that Volvo-ness brings to the estate (wagon) genre. It looks unmistakably like its V90 sibling or as colleague Glenn Brooks put it in the office last week, "Honey, I’ve shrunk the V90."

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Harman on the Mercedes-Benz User Experience

24 April 2018

Most carmakers are working on ways in which to weave in some level of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and voice assistance into their model range. The Mercedes-Benz new A-Class incorporates the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), the carmaker's latest interactive telematics platform. This intelligent, voice-controlled infotainment system - co-developed with Samsung-Harman - is characterised by its ability to learn using AI. To learn more, we caught up with Harman’s Senior Vice-President of Operations Daimler, Connected Car Division, Gerhard Nuessle. In this interview, he explains the intricacies of the MBUX system and why he believes it will revolutionise the UX.


Q&A - Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification

11 October 2017

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy.


Industry 4.0 and how it will transform automotive

14 November 2016

Industrie 4.0 is the trending "buzz terminology" in the manufacturing sector - with BMW and Daimler among many prominent proponents - and encompasses the digitalisation of industry value chains. just-auto’s Calum MacRae caught up with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl of the Fraunhofer IPA, who is one of the world’s foremost experts on Industrie 4.0, to find out what the implications are likely to be for the automotive sector.


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.

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Daimler lowers profit expectations for 2018

21 June 2018

Daimler has lowered its guidance for earnings this year on the back of 'current developments' that includes the impact of higher tariffs on US-made Mercedes-Benz cars imported into China.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Vans uses AGL platform for its CVs

21 June 2018

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that Mercedes-Benz Vans is using AGL as a foundation for a new onboard operating system for its commercial...


just-auto Plus only Car2go to begin mobility services in Chicago

21 June 2018

Car2go, the world's largest and fastest-growing free-float carsharing service, is bringing its pioneering mobility offering to Chicago. Beginning 25 July, car2go will introduce Chicagoans to a new form of carsharing through its on-demand,...


New Mercedes C-class engines have 48V system

20 June 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has launched a new generation of I4 petrol engines with the C-Class mid-life facelift, adding a 48 volt system with belt-driven starter/alternator to 1.5-litre versions in the C200.


Daimler Trucks builds 1m 'standardised' I6 diesels

18 June 2018

The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim Plant and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) subsidiary Detroit Diesel Corporation together have produced 1m heavy duty engines.


Mercedes expanding German truck R&D centre

15 June 2018

Ten years after the opening of the development and testing centre (EVZ) in Woerth am Rhein, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will spend another EUR50m at the 'centre of competence' for commercial vehicle development work. A "symbolic" ground-breaking was held at the site today (15 June).


Ford and Daimler ending Canadian fuel cell JV

14 June 2018

Ford has said it was winding down a joint venture formed with Daimler to develop automotive fuel cell technology.


Daimler told to recall 238,000 diesel vehicles

13 June 2018

The German government ordered Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany after they were found to be fitted with unauthorised emissions defeat devices, a media report said.


Mercedes host 240 US suppliers at annual forum

11 June 2018

Purchasing and operations managers of Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) have met with representatives of 240 suppliers at the company's annual supplier forum.


Mercedes-Benz vans launches new telematics

11 June 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans claims its redesigned Sprinter large van line sets new standards for digitisation and connectivity as it launches 18 'Mercedes PRO' digital services in eight telematics packages, offered free of charge in Germany until September.


2018 Busan motor show - list of world debuts

11 June 2018

BIMOS 2018, the biennial Busan International Motor Show, opened its doors to the media on 7 June. Below is list of world premieres.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz rolls out Omnibus with Allison T270R

11 June 2018

Less than a year after Mercedes-Benz and its official dealer Colcar teamed with Allison Transmission to unveil a new bus for public passenger transport, the Omnibus OF1621 is now in service with more than 20 transit systems. The front-engine OF1621 with an...


just-auto Plus only DTNA introduces two new connectivity services

11 June 2018

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced the introduction of two new connectivity services into its Detroit Connect portfolio - Detroit Connect Direct and a wireless in-cab device connection. Exclusive to the new Freightliner Cascadia spec’d with...


Daimler Trucks sets up e-mobility unit

8 June 2018

Daimler Trucks is establishing a global organisation for e-mobility in its commercial vehicles, including a new leadership function. Daimler Trucks has also presented two new, fully-electric trucks for new freight truck applications from Freightliner, its main US truck brand.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz names new global communications head

8 June 2018

Katja Bott will assume responsibility for the global communications of Mercedes-Benz Cars in autumn. This includes the Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-AMG and smart passenger car brands. She will succeed Bettina Fetzer, who will take maternity leave...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz global sales up 2.3% in May 2018

7 June 2018

Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles around the world last month than ever before in a May: A total of 198,187 cars with the three-pointed star were handed over to customers (+2.3%). The premium brand thus achieved best-ever unit sales for the 63rd month in...


Daimler opens new Automated Truck R&D centre

7 June 2018

Daimler Trucks and Buses says it is strengthening its efforts for automated trucks and buses with its new Automated Truck Research and Development Centre in Portland (Oregon, US).


Mercedes launches subscription service in US

6 June 2018

Mercedes-Benz has launched a subscription service for its cars in the US. For an entry price of just over US$1,000 a month, 'Mercedes-Benz Collection' is designed for 'those drivers who prefer the variety and convenience of a subscription service'.


Mercedes breaks ground for first 'full flex' plant

5 June 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has broken ground for the automaker's first "Full-Flex Plant", in Kecskemét, Hungary, about 90km south of Budapest.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz US sales up 0.3% in May 2018

4 June 2018

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported May sales of 26,976 units, an increase of 0.3% from the 26,893 vehicles sold during the same time period last year. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported best-ever May sales of 3,101 units (up 1.1%) and smart reported 110 units,...


Winkler steps down as Mercedes Smart brand chief

29 May 2018

Annette Winkler is to step down from her position as head of Mercedes-Benz Smart brand and from her operational activities at Daimler after 23 years.


Mercedes-Benz secures Poland 86-strong bus order

29 May 2018

Mercedes-Benz city is to provide 56 Citaro and 30 Citaro hybrid buses to Poland's second-largest public transport authority in Krakow.


just-auto Plus only Daimler to recall Vito vans on KBA approval

25 May 2018

Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has officially notified Daimler AG that it must carry out a recall of its Vito van model with the 1.6-litre diesel Euro 6 engine. According to the KBA’s interpretation of the law, the specific...


Mercedes retrofit teaches old(er) cars new tricks

23 May 2018

Owners of older Mercedes-Benz models can now access a range of digital services through the Mercedes me Adapter app, on either a smartphone or online, thanks to an adapter offered through dealers. In the UK, for a limited time, both the adapter – and the cost of fitting it – are free.


French Smart plant to build electric Mercs

18 May 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its capacities for electric cars in Europe by using the Smart Hambach plant in France to produce a compact electric car for the EQ brand.


Magna Steyr starts on Merc G-Class update

18 May 2018

Production of Daimler's updated Merc G-Class has started at contract assembler Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.


Hungary plant starts on Merc A-class

14 May 2018

A second Mercedes-Benz plant has started redesigned A-class production.


Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles

11 May 2018

In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines capable of running either on ethanol or petrol, or any blend of the two.


Daimler EQV EV heads for hot weather testing

10 May 2018

Daimler has updated development progress on its 2019 EQC - the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQ brand model - ahead of hot weather durability testing in Spain this summer.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes Benz receives major Citaro buses order

9 May 2018

The largest single order of all time for the best-selling Citaro city bus and the largest order ever placed by a German transport operator: Berliner Verkehrs­betriebe (BVG) is to take delivery of up to 950 of these Mercedes-Benz city buses in the coming...

Daimler Group news

Daimler lowers profit expectations for 2018

21 June 2018

Daimler has lowered its guidance for earnings this year on the back of 'current developments&...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Vans uses AGL platform for its CVs

21 June 2018

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform f...


just-auto Plus only Car2go to begin mobility services in Chicago

21 June 2018

Car2go, the world's largest and fastest-growing free-float carsharing service, is bringing it...


New Mercedes C-class engines have 48V system

20 June 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has launched a new generation of I4 petrol engines with the C-Class...


Daimler Trucks builds 1m 'standardised' I6 diesels

18 June 2018

The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim Plant and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) subsidiary Detroit Diese...


Mercedes expanding German truck R&D centre

15 June 2018

Ten years after the opening of the development and testing centre (EVZ) in Woerth am Rhein, Merce...



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