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BEIJING SHOW WORLD DEBUTS - BMW Concept iX3

23 April 2018

A preview of the electric X3 which is due for release in 2020 is to be displayed for the first time at AutoChina, BMW has announced. And Volvo will be exhibiting the Ambience concept, a new take on its existing S90 Excellence.


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."

Latest interviews


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.


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.

Latest news


New EV battery supplier emerges in Germany

23 April 2018

A Chinese maker of batteries for electric cars reportedly is setting up a sales office in Germany and talking to automakers there.


Magna opens new body and chassis plant in Mexico

20 April 2018

Global supplier Magna has opened a new body and chassis manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.


Mercedes launches redone A-Class

18 April 2018

Daimler has launched its new Mercedes-Benz A-Class - revealed earlier this year at the Geneva show - with its usual grandiose claims - "the benchmark in the compact class", "youthful and dynamic as ever, but grown-up and comfortable like never before", "completely redefines modern luxury" in the compact class" and "revolutionises interior design". Based on an earlier teaser, we might give them the last one.


just-auto Plus only Daimler/Hubject implement Plug&Charge ecosystem

18 April 2018

Drivers of electric vehicles previously needed to have the right charging card or smartphone app to gain access to public charging stations. To simplify this process, the Berlin-based emobility specialist Hubject has developed a solution, which enables...


ViaVan begins ridesharing service in Amsterdam

13 April 2018

ViaVan, the joint venture of Mercedes-Benz Vans and Via, launched its service in Amsterdam in early March 2018. The Dutch capital is thus the first city in Europe where this ecologically and economically sustainable alternative form of mobility is available. Amsterdam and the business model of ViaVan are an ideal fit. In addition to Copenhagen, Vienna and Barcelona, the Netherland's most populous city can call itself a Smart City and plays a leading role in Europe in the area of sustainable mobility and innovations.


just-auto Plus only HERE opens new R&D facility in Boulder, Colorado

13 April 2018

The leading global provider of high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles, HERE Technologies, has opened a new R&D facility in Boulder, Colorado. The site brings together experts in geospatial engineering, machine learning and data science to work on...


just-auto Plus only EVgo/Maven to build dedicated charging network

13 April 2018

EVgo, the nation's largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) DC Fast charging stations, announced an agreement with Maven, General Motors' car sharing brand, to construct a dedicated DC fast charging network available to Maven Gig Chevrolet Bolt...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Trucks names new marketing head

10 April 2018

Andreas von Wallfeld (47) has been named as the new head of Marketing, Sales and Services Mercedes-Benz Trucks as of 1 May 2018. He succeeds Till Oberworder (47) who started his new assignment as head of Daimler Buses on 1 April 2018. With Andreas von...


ViaVan launches ridesharing services in London

9 April 2018

Mercedes is entering the on-demand minibus rideshare market in London through its ViaVan joinyt venture. The move echoes a recent innovation from Ford.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz global sales up 3.9% in March 2018

9 April 2018

Mercedes-Benz sold 237,307 cars this March, surpassing its sales record from the prior-year month by 3.9%. March was the strongest-selling month that the company has ever achieved and the past three months were the most successful quarter of all time with a...


German owned plants may be hit by US-China tariffs

5 April 2018

The escalating tariff tensions between the US and China may hit production of German SUVs made in the US South and shipped to China with exports by Tesla and Ford also vulnerable, a media report said.


HBPO breaks ground for new plant in Germany

5 April 2018

HBPO, which develops, designs, assembles and delivers complex front-end modules, has broken ground for its new plant in Vaihingen/Enz ahead of a production start in autumn 2018.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz US sales drops 2.7% in March 2018

4 April 2018

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported March sales of 28,407 units. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported March sales of 2,967 units (up 3.3%) and smart reported 110 units, bringing the MBUSA grand total to 31,484 vehicles for the month. On a year-to-date basis,...


Valmet produces record 90,000 cars in 2017

3 April 2018

Finnish contract assembler Valmet Automotive built a record 90,000 vehicles at Uusikaupunki during 2017.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes Sindelfingen begins SUV GLA production

3 April 2018

The 'Innovation Factory' at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant celebrate the start of production of the compact SUV GLA . “With the GLA, the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is producing a compact model for the first time proving its high...


NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - world premieres

29 March 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 New York International Auto Show are named below.


BMW Group and Daimler combine on mobility services

28 March 2018

The BMW Group and Daimler have signed an agreement to merge their mobility services business units. A joint venture company is to be set up to facilitate this unprecedented collaboration between the two rival premium carmakers.


Mercedes brings Industry 4.0 to Brazil truck build

28 March 2018

Daimler Trucks claims to have launched a new era of truck production in Brazil, involving systematic implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts.


US made vehicles a niche market in South Korea

28 March 2018

Under revised trade rules agreed earlier this week, US automakers will be able to bring into South Korea 50,000 vehicles per automaker per year that meet US safety standards, not necessarily Korean standards, up from 25,000 vehicles previously.


Daimler JV launches updated Denza BEV

26 March 2018

Daimler and BYD Automotive Industry have launched the updated Denza 500 battery electric vehicle from their joint venture, Shenzhen Denza New Energy Automotive.


Moovel/KVV successfully pilots ridesharing service

22 March 2018

The Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV) and moovel Group GmbH report that the pilot of the on-demand ridesharing service in Karlsruhe was a success: around 1,000 passengers used the service to move from point A to point B during IT-Trans.


Daimler delivers Fuso eCanter to UK customers

20 March 2018

Daimler Trucks has handed over the first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to customers in the UK.


Mercedes-Benz Cars details Thai battery production

15 March 2018

Following its initial announcement of plans to produce lithium ion battery packs for electric and plug in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, as the company anticipates strong demand growth for these vehicles across the region in the next few years, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has now detailed its plans, with local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP), to spend EUR100m by 2020.


Mercedes-Benz Vans plans more growth

15 March 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced full year 2017 records for unit sales, revenue and EBIT after delivering 401,000 vehicles (up 12% year on year on 2016's 359,100).


just-auto Plus only EU eCall system equipped in 3.5m Mercedes cars

15 March 2018

EU Directive 2015/758 requires that from 31 March 2018 all new passenger cars type-approved from that date must be equipped with an EU eCall system as standard. This has long been the situation at Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz emergency call was launched back...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz extends connect business services

15 March 2018

Future mobility solutions are based substantially on connected vehicles. With a view to the needs of fleet managers, Mercedes-Benz Connectivity Services is extending its "connect business" offering to include the "driver messaging" service....


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz wallbox, compact home charging stati

9 March 2018

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz wallbox makes the charging of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles even more convenient for the customer: with up to 22 kW, the home charging station is more powerful than ever and makes it possible for the first time, among...


just-auto Plus only Actros/Arocs to be launched in Middle East/Africa

9 March 2018

Reliability, efficiency and robustness – these are the criteria that truck customers all over the world look for. And that is as true in the Middle East and Africa regions as anywhere. Customers using our trucks there face the toughest conditions....


Daimler takes stake in Beijing Electric Vehicle

8 March 2018

Deepening their strategic cooperation in China's New Energy Vehicle (NEV) sector, Daimler has become a shareholder in Beijing Electric Vehicle, a subsidiary of BAIC Group, through acquisition of a 3.93% stake.


2018 GENEVA SHOW - World premieres list

7 March 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the Geneva motor show are named below.

Daimler Group news

BEIJING SHOW WORLD DEBUTS - BMW Concept iX3

23 April 2018

A preview of the electric X3 which is due for release in 2020 is to be displayed for the first ti...


New EV battery supplier emerges in Germany

23 April 2018

A Chinese maker of batteries for electric cars reportedly is setting up a sales office in Germany...


Magna opens new body and chassis plant in Mexico

20 April 2018

Global supplier Magna has opened a new body and chassis manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi...


Mercedes launches redone A-Class

18 April 2018

Daimler has launched its new Mercedes-Benz A-Class - revealed earlier this year at the Geneva sho...


just-auto Plus only Daimler/Hubject implement Plug&Charge ecosystem

18 April 2018

Drivers of electric vehicles previously needed to have the right charging card or smartphone app...


ViaVan begins ridesharing service in Amsterdam

13 April 2018

ViaVan, the joint venture of Mercedes-Benz Vans and Via, launched its service in Amsterdam in ear...



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